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Antiquity and Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites

  • Claire L. Lyons, John K. Papadopoulos, Lindsey S. Stewart, and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

    Following the invention of the daguerreotype and calotype processes in 1839, views of ruins, classical statuary, and the antiquities of the Mediterranean and the Orient were among the first images produced by pioneer photographers. The unique accuracy and immediacy of photographs fundamentally changed aesthetic and scholarly approaches to the artifacts of the past.

    This path-breaking book, published to coincide with the inaugural exhibition at the Getty Villa, explores the intellectual underpinnings of the relationship between antiquity and photography in the period 1840–1880. Drawing on the extensive collections of the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute, this richly illustrated volume presents an introduction to the subject, followed by a detailed discussion of the influence of photography on archaeology, by an analysis of the ways antiquity is depicted, and by biographical studies of two major photographers—Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey and William James Stillman. Portfolios of works by Maxime Du Camp, John B. Greene, Francis Frith, Robert Macpherson, Adolphe Braun, and others appear between the essays.

    Claire L. Lyons is head of the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum; John K. Papadopoulos is professor of classics and archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Lindsey S. Stewart is an independent photography consultant; and Andrew Szegedy-Maszak is professor of classical studies at Wesleyan University.

    240 pages
    11 x 10 inches
    130 color and 3 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-805-1

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum