Love great photography? We do too!
Today is World Photo Day; celebrating 177 years since the French government purchased the patent of the first practical photographic technique and announced it as a gift "free to the world" (except England).
Within 10 months of the official 1839 announcement of the invention of photography, the first intrepid photographers were on their way to Egypt to capture the ancient ruins and the exotic people.
This negative image of the northern Colossus of Memnon was taken just over a decade later by American, John Beasley Greene.
And if you love wonderful old photos of Egypt, the current issue of Nile features images from an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, titled "From Alexandria to Abu Simbel—Egypt in Early Photographs, 1849–1875".
This collection of vintage prints records an Egypt that vanished long ago, but can still be appreciated through the skill and adventuring spirit of the early pioneers of photography.
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