Thebes, The Colossi of Memnon

Henri Béchard (French)1870s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

As more photographers shot the same monuments,depictions became formulaic.Numerous photographers produced almost identical images,as demonstrated in these two views of the Colossi of Memnon. Shot from different sides but about the same distance, both images employ an angled view and use Egyptian servants and guides as local color and indexes of scale. Captions and artists’ signatures were often written in reverse on the negatives so that they would automatically become part of each print. Sometimes, as in the Beato image, the artist or his assistant was care less.

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  • Title: Thebes, The Colossi of Memnon
  • Creator: Henri Béchard (French)
  • Date Created: 1870s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 36 x 26.9 cm (14 3/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Paper: 36 x 26.9 cm (14 3/16 x 10 9/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2006.119
  • Medium: albumen print from wet collodion negative
  • Inscriptions: Imprinted in white on recto: "No.97 Thebes, Colosses de Memnon H. Bechard" Written in pencil on verso: "No.97/Fiends (?) Ed. CORROYER/Drilitect (?) olly (?) M.H./THEBES/Colosses de Memnon/Li(?) No.97 H.BECHARD"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Whitehill Art Purchase Endowment Fund
  • Collection: Photography
  • Accession Number: 2006.119

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