Amazing pictures of Ancient Egypt which wowed the Victorian world in the first years of the camera.
Maxime Du Camp, son of a rich French surgeon, went on expedition with writer friend Gustave Flaubert.
Took 59 black and white images from 1849 to 1851, developing them with jugs of chemicals in the desert.
Du Camp became instant celebrity on their release, at a time when camera technology was in its infancy.
The set of prints, which was created by pressing the original negatives directly onto card mounts, were sold as collectables and have been passed down through generations of a South African family.
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The birth of travel photography: Amazing pictures of Ancient Egypt which wowed the Victorian world in the first years of the camera
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