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Project Name: 
Egyptian Mirage. A database of 19th-century "studio photographs"
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Jaromir Malek
Oxford participants: 
Other Participants: 
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  • Division: Humanities
  • Unit: Oriental Studies Faculty
  • Sub-Unit: Griffith Institute
Start Date: 
2006
End Date: 
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Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
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Funder: 
Griffith Institute
Subject Area: 
Oriental Studies
Project Description: 

The Griffith Institute in Oxford has one of the largest collections of 19th-century "studio photographs" of Egypt. They were taken by professional photographers who had their studios in the major tourist centres of Egypt such as Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Luxor and Aswan between about 1860 and 1890. The photographs show ancient Egyptian, Christian and Islamic monuments, as well as scenes of contemporary 19th-century life.
The purpose of this database is twofold:
To make a large and important body of photographic evidence available for study to Egyptologists and other scholars and interested persons.
To provide an easy-to-consult corpus of 19th-century photographs of Egypt which will help in the study and preservation of other photographs of this type elsewhere.

ICT Methods: 
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Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
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Last updated: 
25/06/2015 16:25:11
Updated by: 
martinw@ox.ac.uk