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The Pyramids of Dahshoor (Dahshur), from the East

One of the most successful photographers of the nineteenth century, Frith made three trips to Egypt and the Near East in the 1850s to photograph ancient and modern sites. The first photographer to visit Egypt, Frith was encumbered by heavy, awkward equipment and extreme environmental conditions in the desert. In England, great excitement was generated by his photographs of Egypt. The London Times lauded his photographs for their ability to “carry us far beyond anything that is in the power of the most accomplished artist to transfer to his canvas.” The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes another picture from this series, The Ramesseum of El-Kurneh Thebes, Second View (Eskenazi Museum of Art 80.96.2) and another shot in Thebes, The Fallen Colossus (Eskenazi Museum of Art 77.53.3).

Francis Frith
English, 1822–1898
The Pyramids of Dahshoor (Dahshur), from the East from Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: A Series of Twenty Photographic Views by Francis Frith
1858 (published 1860 or 1862)
Albumen print
Image/sheet: 13 7/8 x 19 3/8 in. (35.2 x 49.2 cm); mount: 22 1/8 x 29 7/8 in. (56.2 x 75.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.96.3