Girault de Prangey Daguerreotype Turkish Temple Ruins Earliest Turkish Photograph
1843 Girault de Prangey Daguerreotype Greek-Turkish Temple Earliest Turkish Photograph
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PD249: 1843 Important Third Plate By Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey Titled “Aphrodisias Figure Et Fragments” Greek Archaeological Ruins in Modern Day Turkey Featuring Earliest Known Image of A Turkish Man.
This is a highly unusual and important plate by de Prangey. Was mainly on architecture and very few of his images actually showed people within the larger scene. This plate not only features a centrally located figure but what make this plate really special is that it depicts one of the earliest known (only competing image is one of his other known Turk plates) examples of a Turk complete with native headgear. In original condition as Prangey took it in the field during his 1843 trip to Turkey (has a couple minor plate scuffs caused by his storage and is a little light head on given his heavy handed buffing but it is much stronger when viewed correctly) . Aphrodisias was founded by the Greeks and later conquered by the Romans, this captivating site showcases the best of the Hellenistic and Roman eras. Found just a couple of hours to the east of the famous ancient Greek city of Ephesus in the village of Geyre, it has been beautifully preserved.
(1/3 plate = 3 ¾ x 4 ¾ in. 95 x 121 mm)
Until recently, pioneering daguerreotypist Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey was unknown in the world of fine-art photography. His extraordinary images were discovered in a storeroom of his estate in the 1920s and only made known some eighty years later.
Girault de Prangey studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and learned daguerreotypy in 1841, the same year inventor Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre publicly demonstrated the process. Girault de Prangey may have learned photography from Daguerre himself, or from Hippolyte Bayard, with whom he shared a mutual artist friend.
Aside from his creative interests, Girault de Prangey was an avid student of Ancient Near East architecture and in 1842 embarked on a three-year tour of Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Palestine. He carried hundreds of pounds of photography equipment and made more than 800 daguerreotypes. His pictures of the Acropolis are the earliest surviving photographs of the famous site.” (J. Paul Getty Museum website)
Aphrodisias lies in the Maeander River basin (at the foot of the Babadag Mountain Range which can be seen in the background), in a fertile valley 100 miles southeast of the port of Izmir. Famous for its sanctuary of Aphrodite, the city’s patron goddess, Aphrodisias enjoyed a long and prosperous existence from the first century B.C. through the sixth century A.D. Today, many of the city’s ancient monuments remain standing, and excavations have unearthed numerous fine marble statues and other artefacts. This image may show some of the ancient baths with a man perched on the stones for interest and perspective.
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