Forever in a MomentNineteenth Century Photographs of Egypt

November 19, 2011 through April 10, 2012

Above: Attributed to Antonio Beato, British, b. Italy (c. 1830–1903), Travelers at the Great Pyramids, c. 1870, albumen print, Gift of Dr. Robert L. and Chitranee Drapkin, 2010.46.356



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.