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Du Camp, Maxime (1822 - 1894)

Thanks to his family’s wealth, Maxime Du Camp, a socialite writer and journalist, was able to satisfy his appetite for travel and explored the Middle East from the 1840s. Between 1849 and 1851, he returned to oriental sites alongside Gustave Flaubert with whom he embarked on an archeologic mission for the French government. To precisely document his journey, Maxime Du Camp decided to learn photography and bring a camera with him to record the numerous remarquable sites and monuments visited in Egypt, Liban or Israel. More an account than an art work, the traveller’s photographic report became a useful scientific and cultural tool, fulfilling the politician François Arago’s words when he had introduced the daguerreotype to the public: ‘To copy the millions of hieroglyphs that cover the most important monuments of Thebes, Memphis, Karnak…dozens of years and drawers would be needed. With the daguerreotype, only one man could achieve such a project.’ Maxime du Camp became one of those men…

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Maxime Du Camp, Cidi's tomb, Upper Egypt, c. 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Cidi's tomb, Upper Egypt, c. 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Jupiter's Temple, Baalbek, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Jupiter's Temple, Baalbek, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, House and garden in Franck district, Cairo, 1852
Maxime Du Camp, House and garden in Franck district, Cairo, 1852
Maxime Du Camp, Eastern Colossus of Speos, Nubia, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Eastern Colossus of Speos, Nubia, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, West Bank, Jerusalem, Palestine, 1852
Maxime Du Camp, West Bank, Jerusalem, Palestine, 1852
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage, Alexandria, Hotel d'Orient, 1849
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage, Alexandria, Hotel d'Orient, 1849
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 2, ca 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 2, ca 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 3, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 3, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 4, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 4, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 6, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert 6, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Egyptian voyage with Gustave Flaubert, c. 1849-1850
Maxime Du Camp, Jupiter's Temple, Baalbeck, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Jupiter's Temple, Baalbeck, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, View of the Second Cataract of the Nile, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, View of the Second Cataract of the Nile, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Abu Simbel, Western Colossus of the Temple of Ra, 1850
Maxime Du Camp, Abu Simbel, Western Colossus of the Temple of Ra, 1850
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