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Philae: View of island and temples from west  (photo: du Camp 1849)


Fig.1: Island and temples of Philae viewed from the west (photo: Maxime du Camp 1849).

This very early calotype print of Philae, taken from the adjacent Bigah Island, shows the high pylons of the Temple of Isis at left center and, just behind it, the Kiosk of Trajan at right center. Du Camp, with his 1849 publication of the images from his expedition in Egypt with Flaubert, almost single-handedly began the use of photo documentation in Egyptology.


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