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Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey

The wealthy numismatist and archaeologist Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804−1892) undertook a long journey around the eastern Mediterranean from 1842 to 1844 after learning the daguerreotype process. The plates he brought back, which were only discovered in 1920, are the earliest known photographs of Greece, Palestine, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. While he was mainly interested in monuments, the portraits he took in Alexandria are striking in virtue of the quality of his treatment of “the Other”. His photograph of Ayoucha is probably the first ever of a veiled Muslim woman.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artist: Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Title: Ayoucha
Geography: Egypt
Date: 1843
Medium: daguerreotype
Classification: photography
Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.8 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.161
Contact for images: [email protected]
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