The Eternal Light of Egypt: A Photographic Journey

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"Sanders' images are neither descriptive nor picturesque—they are intellectually demanding and uncompromising witnesses of a 'here-and-now' experience of ancient Egypt." —Dorothea ArnoldFor centuries, visitors have been awed by ancient Egypt's monuments, seeing in them testimony both to a mysterious past and to forces greater and more subtle than the corporeal world they inhabit.This book speaks to that testimony with a fresh, exploratory voice, using stunning photographs complemented by quotations from a range of textual sources. A brooding face ...

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Overview

"Sanders' images are neither descriptive nor picturesque—they are intellectually demanding and uncompromising witnesses of a 'here-and-now' experience of ancient Egypt." —Dorothea ArnoldFor centuries, visitors have been awed by ancient Egypt's monuments, seeing in them testimony both to a mysterious past and to forces greater and more subtle than the corporeal world they inhabit.This book speaks to that testimony with a fresh, exploratory voice, using stunning photographs complemented by quotations from a range of textual sources. A brooding face carved in stone; monuments of unsparing majesty; clouds spread out against an immutable sky; delicate patterns of palm fronds caught in a shimmering half-light—Sarite Sanders' haunting photographs bring the enigmatic narrative of Egypt's ancient monuments into sharp relief, forcing us to see pyramids, statues, and the architectural sweep of temples as if for the first time.Photographed using infared film, the images are often dark and edgy, hinting at an underlying restlessness and the transience of all those who stand in the monuments' shadows.Sarite Sanders is a photographer who has traveled to Egypt over three decades in the company of writers, scholars, artists, and Egyptologists.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This sumptuous book features 126 duotone photographs of Egyptian ruins from various perspectives, ranging from close-ups of ancient stonework that resemble etchings to broad panoramas of pyramids with dark, brooding skies. Made with infrared film, the images are imbued with a haunting, almost dreamlike atmosphere. Photographer Sanders, who has journeyed to Egypt over the course of three decades, masterfully composed and exposed each of these fresh and highly original images. Each photograph has been carefully selected and arranged and is accompanied by brief text or quotation, with sources ranging from Mark Twain to Florence Nightingale. Dorothea Arnold, curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, contributes a detailed introduction about the images within the context of historical photography of Egyptian monuments. In her thoughtful introduction, Sanders describes not only her approach but also the deeply spiritual theme of the photographs. The book includes a helpful picture index with a thumbnail and brief annotation for each plate. This work not only depicts lovely artifacts but stands as an enduring work of art in its own right. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially art, photography, and Egyptian history collections.
—Raymond Bial

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500543627
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Sarite Sanders's Egypt Dorothea Arnold Arnold, Dorothea

Photographer's Introduction Sarite Sanders Sanders, Sarite

The Photographs 1

Sources of the Quotations 196

Picture Index 201

Acknowledgments 216

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