19th Century Egypt in 3D: A Victorian Trip up the Nile

October 7th, 2013

2013 Special Presentation:

MOS/AIA Massachusetts Archaeology Day October 19th

At the Boston Museum of Science (http://www.mos.org/)

Presented by George L. Mutter and Bernard P. Fishman of Photoarchive3D  (www.Photoarchive3D.org)

Sponsored by AERA, Inc. (www.aeraweb.org)

Come see a special 3D projection presentation of historical stereoviews of Egypt, with an emphasis on aspects of Egyptian monuments and ways of life that have changed since the 19th century.

NegNr-402302 Nile Boat at Philae, c. 1856-60.  Francis Frith.

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Nile Boat at Philae, c. 1856-60. Francis Frith.

This is a travelogue-style Nile tour solely using 1856-1881 stereophotographs.  These represent the highest artistic and technical achievements in 19th century stereophotography and the views of Egypt, especially those made on glass,  were considered near wonders in their day.

Lady Victorian Traveler at the Great Pyramid, Giza.

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Lady Victorian Traveler at the Great Pyramid, Giza. FM Good c. 1860

Alexandria, medieval Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, techniques of  Nile travel in the days of sail, Luxor, Karnak, Nubia, and many other ways of life and places of  fascination are shown as they were before archaeology and tourism rendered them both too familiar and unrecognizable without their modern froth of crowds and sideshow qualities of mass commercialism.

NegNr-012251 Colossi of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, c. 1856-60.  Francis Frith

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Colossi of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, c. 1856-60. Francis Frith

All these Egyptian sites have changed in the intervening 150 years and some have disappeared, and through these scenes their enduring interest and immortal majesty can be appreciated in ways utterly impossible to recover today.

NegNr-18104 Measuring the great pyramid corner socket, Charles Piazzi-Smyth, 1865.

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Measuring the great pyramid corner socket, Charles Piazzi-Smyth, 1865.

All images are fresh digitizations of rare original photographs projected as they were intended to be seen, in 3D.

NegNr-2526 Mummy brought back from Egypt in 1860’s.  Niagara Falls, c. 1876.

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Mummy brought back from Egypt in 1860’s. Niagara Falls, c. 1876.

All Photographs Copyright Photoarchive3D, 2011

More about the Presenters:

mutter and fishman

George L. Mutter (left) and Bernard P. Fishman (right) of Photoarchive3D
Ambrotype by Mark Bingham, 2011.

George L Mutter (in jacket) is an academic physician trained at Harvard and Columbia, and Bernard P Fishman (in suspenders) is an Egyptologist, museum director and historian trained at Columbia and at the U. of Pennsylvania.  They founded photoarchive3D in 2009 (www.Photoarchive3D.org) after a chance meeting at a photo trade show.