Exhibition: Boissonnas and Egypt

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02 Nov - 30 Nov 2017

10am to 4pm

Explore the intersection of photographic history and political geography through the lavish Egypte publication (1932) by Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas and work from his unfinished project in the Sinai (1929-33). Sponsored by EFG GroupSaint Catherine Foundation and University of the Arts London.


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 (UAL's LIGATUS Research Centre)
16th November              Dr Kathleen Brunner (Independent Scholar)
23rd November              Dr Ahmed Shams (Durham University)
30th November              Heather Ravenberg (Saint Catherine Foundation)

The conference 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.