Lost Egypt: Photography and the Early Documentation of Egyptian Monument

In 1992, the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago published a series of limited edition photographs entitled Lost Egypt. The images reproduced in these portfolios are from the Survey's unique archive of over 800 lar...

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In 1992, the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago published a series of limited edition photographs entitled Lost Egypt. The images reproduced in these portfolios are from the Survey's unique archive of over 800 large-format glass plate negatives taken in Egypt between 1880 and 1930, which provide an extraordinary impression of the land and people of the Nile Valley as they appeared before the onset of the modern era. These views include the ruins of ancient monuments still half-buried beneath the sand, exquisite details of carved and painted temple walls, fleets of feluccas on the river, palm groves reflected in the inundation waters, and formal salon poses and ethnographic portraits of Egyptians and Nubians. Copyright 2002 The University of Chicago.