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Maxime Du Camp
Nubie Village Et Temple de L'ile de Beghe
[Egypte, Nubie, Palestine & Syrie]
Blanquart-Evrard print, from a paper negative
Publication: Egypte, Nubie, Palestine & Syrie, Maxime Du Camp, Gide Et J. Baudry, Editeurs, Paris 1852
Die Reise Zum Nil, Maxime Du Camp and Gustave Flaubert in Agypten, Steidl, 1997, pl 81
Notes: Temple dedicated to Choupnis and Hathor, lord and woman of Snem, by Ptolémée Philométor, on the ruins of a first temple raised by Amenôpt II. The curved door is the work of the first Christians. Beghe was Sacred Island before Island of Philae
Maxime du Camp, a French photographer, one of the earliest makers of calotype images, traveled to Egypt where he photographed the temples at Abu Simbel and the pyramids at Giza in 1849 and 1850; these pictures were printed in multiple copies for an album published in France in 1852. Prints made from DuCamp's negatives were assembled into a travel album titled Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie (1852).
This album, the first of its kind in France to use actual photographic prints, brought DuCamp's impressions of exotic and fantastic regions home to the French public. Fortunately for us, DuCamp recorded his experiences in extensive notes.