'View on the Beach at Assouan or Syene', 1859.
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A stereoscopic photograph of boats on the River Nile at Aswan, Egypt, taken in 1859 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This mage is one of 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'. 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 formats and editions and established his reputation as one of the finest travel photographers. But the venture that brought him great wealth and made him a household name was his comprehensive collection of photographs of British landscapes, towns and cities. His company, Frith and Co, founded in Re