'The Pyramids of Gizeh', 1859.
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A stereoscopic photograph of the pyramids at Giza, Egypt, taken in 1859 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This is from a series of 100 stereoscopic photographs taken by Frith for Negretti and Zambra and published in 1862 in a book entitled 'Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia Illustrated'. The Giza Plateau has three major pyramids. The Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops (c2585-2560 BC) is the largest. Nearby are the Pyramids of Khafre or Chefren (c2555-2532 BC) and the pyramid of Menkaure or Mycerinus (c2532-2510 BC). Francis Frith was a pioneer of travel photography. He was also one of photography's greatest entrepreneurs, founding a company that was to become the largest publisher of photographs in the world. Frith saw himself as a romantic adventurer in the mould of Byron.