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'Boissonnas in Egypt' exhibition catalogue

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  • 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.