The Human Scale
Archeological Photographs from The Fouad Debbas Collection
Date: 21 October, 2016 to 30 January, 2017
Location: Sursock Museum, The Fouad Debbas Collection Gallery, Level 1
What the eye sees, photography attempts to reproduce. It responds to our common desire to tour the world “from the comfort of one’s armchair.” In the second half of the 19th century, photographic expeditions to Egypt multiplied, with a view to making an inventory of the Orient.
Often, the monumental quality of a site can only be grasped through the inclusion of a human figure. Man is there simply to indicate scale. Yet he inhabits these otherwise lifeless images that seem frozen in an ancient time, just like the ruins they depict.
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