Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive

Author:   Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781350038523


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Format:   Hardback
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Photographing Tutankhamun: Archaeology, Ancient Egypt, and the Archive


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They are among the most famous and compelling photographs ever made in archaeology: Howard Carter kneeling before the burial shrines of Tutankhamun; life-size statues of the boy king on guard beside a doorway, tantalizingly sealed, in his tomb; or a solid gold coffin still draped with flowers cut more than 3,300 years ago. Yet until now, no study has explored the ways in which photography helped mythologize the tomb of Tutankhamun, nor the role photography played in shaping archaeological methods and interpretations, both in and beyond the field. This book undertakes the first critical analysis of the photographic archive formed during the ten-year clearance of the tomb, and in doing so explores the interface between photography and archaeology at a pivotal time for both. Photographing Tutankhamun foregrounds photography as a material, technical, and social process in early 20th-century archaeology, in order to question how the photograph made and remade `ancient Egypt' in the waning age of colonial order.

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Author:   Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia, UK)
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Weight:   0.808kg
ISBN:  

9781350038523


ISBN 10:   1350038520
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   27 December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Table of Contents List of Figures Acknowledgments Preface Chapter 1. King Tut and the Camera: An Introduction Chapter 2. Mirrored Memories: Excavating the Photographic Archive Chapter 3. `The first and most pressing need': Photographic Practice at the Tomb of Tutankhamun Chapter 4. Tutankhamun's Treasures: Objects, Artworks, Bodies Chapter 5. Men at Work: The Resurrection of the Boy-king Chapter 6. Worlds Exclusive: Mediating Tutankhamun Chapter 7. After Images Notes Bibliography Index

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Christina Riggs is a historian of archaeology, photography, and ancient Egyptian art. She is professor of the history of art and archaeology at the University of East Anglia and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. Her books include Unwrapping Ancient Egypt (Bloomsbury 2014) and Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2014).

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