Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York

30 JAN 2019 - 12 MAY 2019
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In early 1842, artist, architectural historian, archaeologist, and pioneer photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) embarked on a three-year photographic excursion around the eastern Mediterranean and returned to France with more than one thousand daguerreotypes—an unparalleled feat in the history of photography. Among the images he created are the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Jerusalem and among the first daguerreotypes depicting Italy.