'Sandstone Quarries at Hager Silsilis', 1859.
2 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

'Sandstone Quarries at Hager Silsilis', 1859.

Frith, Francis

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A stereoscopic photograph of the ancient sandstone quarries at Gebel el-Silsila near Aswan, Egypt, taken in 1859 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This image is from a series of one hundred stereoscopic photographs taken by Frith for Negretti and Zambra and published in 1862 in a book entitled 'Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia Illustrated'. The massive quarries at Gebel el-Silsila on both sides of the Nile provided stone for many of the buildings of Upper Egypt. Stone was extracted mainly in the open quarry fashion, leading to the distinctive steps and blocks cut into the rock seen in the photograph. 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. Between 1856 and 1860 he travelled and photographed extensively in Egypt and the Holy Land. His work was published in a variety of forma



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