Tutankhamun: The Original Photographs
Published by Rupert Wace Ancient Art
Written and Edited by Christina Riggs
Designed by The Burlington Magazine
Printed by Gomer Press, Wales
The discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun in November 1922 fascinated newspaper readers around the world-and photographs played a curcial role in bringing the tomb's treasures to life. This book captures teh excitement of the excavation through a collection of original 1920s press photos, including many taken by photographer Harry Burton to recored the tomb and its antiquities.
For the first two year of the work on site, one newspaper-the London Times-had an exclusive contract with archeaologist Howard Carter and his sponsor, the Earl of Carnarvon. Made to sell on to other newspapers, these prints show the story Carter and Carnarvon wanted to tell. But they show another story too-about the British Empire's nfluinece in the Midlle East, Egypt's new independence, and the efforts o both British anad Egyptian excavators put into this remarkable find.
Illustrating all 148 photographs in the collection, and with an introductory essay by Christina Riggs, Tutankhamun: The Original Photographs marks an important new contribution to our understanding of Tutankhamun's tomb and its legacy.