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Forever in a Moment: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Egypt

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Forever in a Moment: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Egypt

Time: December 3, 2011 to April 10, 2012
Location: Museum of Fine Arts
Street: 255 Beach Dr. N.E.
City/Town: St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Website or Map: http://www.fine-arts.org/
Phone: 727-896-2667
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Museum of Fine Arts
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2011

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This noteworthy exhibition presents photographs of Egypt created during the nineteenth century, a period of great archaeological exploration and worldwide fascination with the rediscovered ancient culture. Forever in a Moment contains the work of such well-known photographers as Antonio Beato and Félix Bonfils, Europeans who established studios in the region and photographed monumental sites – including Giza, Karnak, and Philae – to satisfy the bourgeoning demand for travel photographs and albums. Also included are images by Pascal Sébah and Armenian photographer G. Lekegian, who provided different perspectives on nineteenth-century Egypt. Images of ancient monuments were most in demand, but these photographers also captured the modern face of Egypt providing patrons near and far a view of life within its growing cities.

 

Forever in a Moment is comprised of works from The Ludmila Dandrew and Chitranee Drapkin Collection, with select loans from area collections. This is the third in a series of exhibitions celebrating the gifts from The Dandrew-Drapkin Collection.

Photo: Antonio Beato, British, b. Italy (c. 1825-1903)
Travelers at the Great Pyramids (det.), c.1870
Albumen print
Gift of Dr. Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin from The Ludmila Dandrew and Chitranee Drapkin Collection

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