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Discover the Birth of Travel Photography

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 30, 2016

Discover the Birth of Travel Photography

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The birth of the camera meant the birth of travel photography, giving people around the globe the chance to share in the wonders of the world. 

Rare photographs that gave people their first glimpse of the incredible wonders of Ancient Egypt have gone on sale 170 years after they were taken, reports the Daily Mail

“Maxime Du Camp, the son of a wealthy French surgeon, captured the images between 1849 and 1851 during a government-backed expedition with his friend and literary great Gustave Flaubert,” wrote James Dunn for the Daily Mail. 

These are among the first known travel photographs and some even show the Abu Simbel statue of Ramses II before it was moved. 

“Du Camp spent hours in the heat of the desert with his wooden Calotype camera and tripod, before using the jugs of chemicals he needed to bring the images to life,” wrote Dunn.

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Du Camp’s efforts, immortalized by Flaubert who wrote, 'I don't know how Maxime hasn't killed himself with this raging mania for photography,” give viewers a peek at an unknown world. 

“His efforts now provide an extraordinary glimpse into a time when the region was in only the earliest throes of industrialisation, and the barbaric cultural vandalism of so-called Islamic State taking place in today's Syria was an unthinkable prospect,” noted Dunn.

To see these stunning depictions for yourself, go here


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