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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: Old Photo Time Travel

Updated: Aug 5, 2023

Some of the oldest photos you will ever see

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Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: Old Photo Time Travel

"In the spring of 1842, a wealthy scholar and artist called Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey embarked on a grand tour of the Eastern Mediterranean. With the use of his camera, a technology that had been released to the public just three years before, he documented the local sites and people, and created a collection of photos that in many cases are the earliest to survive of the countries depicted. In this video, we’ll use Girault de Prangey’s collection of photographs to retrace his journey, and discover the world of the Eastern Mediterranean as it looked almost two hundred years ago." from video introduction


Girault de Prangey's Multiple Exposure Daguerreotypes | Met Exhibitions

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"Nov 20, 2018

After three years traveling throughout the Eastern Mediterranean (1842–45), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey returned to France with more than one thousand daguerreotype—unique photographic images on silvered copper plates. Among these pictures are the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jerusalem. Girault’s innovations were both technical and practical. Working with plates that were larger than the standard size at the time, he created a process to expose more than one image on a single plate, which he then cut down, carefully labeled, and stored in custom-built wood boxes, essentially creating the world's first photographic archive. Featuring Grant B. Romer, Founding Director, Academy of Archaic Imaging, Rochester, New York. Produced in association with the exhibition Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, January 30 through May12, 2019." from video introduction


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