As the American University in Cairo Centennial continues, the From Archives to Arch-Lives Conference celebrates the poetics of documentary photography in the Exhibit: “Egypt: An Early 20th Century Photographic Mosaic,” at The Photographic Gallery. What lies at the intersection of visual culture and modern history in this exhibit, rests a rich documentary photographic heritage which tells two stories about Egypt. In one portrayal, the photographs highlight the historical practice of the medium during the 19th and mid-20th centuries in Egypt by a host of many photographers. Additionally, the photos capture a diverse range of iconic compositions ranging from a childhood photo of King Farouk; holiday greetings from President Gamal Abdel Nasser; touristic landscapes; train stations and their passengers; and pristine beaches, along with Cairo street scenes which all document pivotal moments in Egypt’s history.
The opening reception will be on Wednesday October 2, 2019 at 1pm.
The photographs featured in this exhibit are part of the 'Monarchy & Dynasty' Collection and the 'Alexandria 1900' Collection. Also, some of the photographers include S.N. Theodossiou; Charles Chusseau-Flaviens; Max H. Rudmann; Paul Almasy; Laure Albin Guillot. Also, some photographs are from historical collections such as the Underwood Archives, Keystone-France Archives and others.