Egypt at the time of Flaubert

Documents of early travel photography 1839-1860

This exhibition shows selected works of early travel photography. During the first half of the 19th century, when Daguerreotype just has been invented, Egypt was a very popular travel destination for numerous painters, authors and archaeologists. They were inspired by this new media, not only because of artistic reasons but also for the purpose of documentation. The exhibition focuses on photographs taken between 1839 and 1860, the time of Gustave Flaubert‘s journeys to Egypt. On display are 42 works by e.g. Du Camp, Félix Teynard, Louis de Clercq, and Francis Frith.

Exhibition objects: 42 photographs
Exhibition space: 250 sqm
Catalog: German

Exhibition venues:
Forum für Fotografie und Zeitkunst, Bremen, Germany, April/May 1990
Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germany, November 02, 1990 – December 30, 1990
Staatliche Sammlung Ägyptische Kunst, Munich, Germany, October 30, 1991 – December 08, 1991
Museum Langes Tannen, Uetersen, Germany, December 11, 1991 – February 15, 1992
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Bodemuseum, Germany, April 25, 1992 – June 28, 1992
Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg/Neckar, Germany, July 05, 1992 – August 02, 1992
Historisches Museum der Pfalz, Speyer, Germany, May 16, 1993 – August 01, 1993
Ägyptologisches Institut der Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, April 09, 1995 – May 21, 1995


Francis Frith, The pyramids of Sakkara, view from Northeast, 1858

Maxime du Camp, Abu Simbel, Egypt, colossal statue at the entrance of the tomb of Ramses II, 1850

V.G. Maunier, Luxor, Egypt. The mountains of Thebes at the western bank, 1854-1855

Félix Teynard, Karnak. Karnak, relief-details of the palacec wall, northern outer wall of the columned hall, the capture of Yenoam by Sethos I., 1851-1852



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