Monumental Journey: Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

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In 1842, the pioneering French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) set out eastward across the Mediterranean. He spent the next three years documenting lands that were then largely unknown to the West, including Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, in some of the earliest surviving photographic images of these places. Monumental Journey, the first monograph in English on this brilliant yet enigmatic artist, explores the hundreds of daguerreotypes Girault made during his unprecedented trip, offering a rare, early look at sites and cities that have since been altered— sometimes irrevocably—by urban, environmental, and political change.

Beautiful full-scale reproductions of Girault's photographs, many published here for the first time, and incisive essays shed new light on the arc of his career and his groundbreaking contributions to the burgeoning fields of photography, archaeology, and architectural history. Monumental Journey presents an artist of astonishing innovation whose work occupies a singular space at the border of history and modernity, tradition and invention, endurance and evanescence.

Stephen C. Pinson is curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1842, the pioneering French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) set out eastward across the Mediterranean. He spent the next three years documenting lands that were then largely unknown to the West, including Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, in some of the earliest surviving photographic images of these places. Monumental Journey, the first monograph in English on this brilliant yet enigmatic artist, explores the hundreds of daguerreotypes Girault made during his unprecedented trip, offering a rare, early look at sites and cities that have since been altered— sometimes irrevocably—by urban, environmental, and political change.

Beautiful full-scale reproductions of Girault's photographs, many published here for the first time, and incisive essays...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 252
  • Illustrations: 206 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 10 1/2'' x 9 1/2''
  • ISBN: 9781588396631
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Pioneering Photography Though the book cannot reproduce the etched-in-silver look of original daguerreotypes, the images in the book are still hauntingly beautiful in their own right. It presents a two-fold look into the past. The photographer of 175 years ago, Girault de Prangey, was among the first to capture photographic images of ruins from an even more distant past. It's a tribute to the passing of time, and what is left in time's wake.
Date published: 2019-04-14
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