Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites

Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites

by Claire L. Lyons, John K. Papadopoulos, Lindsey S. Stewart, Andrew Szegedy-Maszak
     
 


Following the invention of the daguerreotype and calotype processes in 1839, views of ruins, classical statuary, and the antiquities of the Mediterranean and the Orient were among the first images produced by pioneer photographers. The unique accuracy and immediacy of photographs fundamentally changed aesthetic and scholarly approaches to the artifacts of the past…  See more details below

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Following the invention of the daguerreotype and calotype processes in 1839, views of ruins, classical statuary, and the antiquities of the Mediterranean and the Orient were among the first images produced by pioneer photographers. The unique accuracy and immediacy of photographs fundamentally changed aesthetic and scholarly approaches to the artifacts of the past.
This groundbreaking book explores the intellectual underpinnings of the relationship between antiquity and photography in the period 1840-1880. Drawing on the extensive collections of the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute, this richly illustrated volume presents an introduction to the subject, followed by a detailed discussion of the influence of photography on archaeology, an analysis of the ways antiquity is depicted, and biographical studies of two major photographers, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey and William James Stillman. Portfolios of works by Maxime Du Camp, John B. Greene, Francis Frith, Robert Macpherson, Adolphe Braun, and others appear between the essays.

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Library Journal
Early photography collections, especially those that document ethnicity and archaeological or historic sites, are increasingly featured in monographs and exhibitions. This erudite publication accompanies what promises to be an engaging show on display at the Getty Villa during the first half of 2006. Through historic photos and essays by scholars of archaeology and ancient art, it explores links between photography and archaeology in the Mediterranean between 1840 and 1880. French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey and American photographer William James Stillman are singled out for separate biographical studies. Portfolios of works by a dozen other photographers are sandwiched between the black-and-white and sometimes tinted or hand-colored Daguerreotypes; albumen, silver, carbon, and salted paper prints; and photolithographs of famous sites such as the Acropolis. The design is exquisite, the essays are illuminating, and the photos are unfailingly sharp. Highly recommended for art, archaeology, and classical research collections.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892368051
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,247,577
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Claire L. Lyons is collections curator at the Getty Research Institute; John K. Papadopoulos is professor of classics and archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Lindsey S. Stewart is an independent photography consultant; and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak is professor of classical studies at Wesleyan University.

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