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Supported by EFG Group, Saint Catherine Foundation and University of the Arts London this conference being held at the Royal Geographical Society, will present different perspectives on the context of 1920s Egypt in relation to Boissonnas’s work and explore wider debates around photography and cultural geography. The conference will be followed by a private view of the exhibition 'Boissonnas in Egypt' from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
10am Arrival, tea & coffee 10.15am Welcome and introduction by Professor Oriana Baddeley 10.30am Dr George Manginis, 'Into Cheltenham'
- On the Way to Mount Sinai
11.15am Dr Ahmed Shams, A Swiss Photographic Voyage 12pm Dr Christina Riggs, Modern antiquity: Photography in 1920s Egypt 12.45pm Panel discussion - Chair Prof. Oriana Baddeley 1.15pm Lunch break 2.15pm Dr Estelle Sohier - L'Egypte by Fred Boissonnas (1932): a Photographic Monument for the Egyptian Nation 3pm Dr Kathy Brunner - Boissonnas' Return to Egypt, the Unfinished Sinai Project 3.45pm Tea & coffee 4.15pm Professor Oriana Baddeley - Boissonnas, Modernity and the Aesthetics of the Wilderness 5pm Panel discussion - Chair Ewelina Warner 5.30pm Private view of Boissonnas in Egypt exhibition 7.30pm Event end
The Boissonnas in Egypt exhibition:
Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946) was invited to Egypt in 1929 by King Fuad I to take photographs for the lavish publication L'Egypte (1932), and he returned to complete his Egyptian journey in 1933. During the later trip he embarked on a photographic expedition to Mount Sinai, following the route of the Israelites as recorded in the book of Exodus, and photographing the traditional biblical sites that he encountered on his journey. This work became the book project he never finished. Boissonnas in Egypt focuses on the photographic work for both books, visually exploring the complex histories of the newly formed 'modern' state (following Britain's unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence) and the photographer's own search for inspiration in the deserts of Sinai.
Exhibition talks will take place every Thursday at 12pm:
9th November Ewelina Warner
16th November Dr Kathleen Brunner
23rd November Dr Ahmed Shams
30th November Heather Ravenberg