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The Nile  by John Beasley Greene

John Beasley Greene
American (French School), 1832-1856
The Nile
1853-4
Salted paper print from paper negative
23.1 x 28 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1998
1998.42.4

Notes:
The son of a prominent Boston banker, John Beasley Greene trained as an archaeologist and lived primarily in Paris, where he was a member of the Société Française de Photographie. He made two expeditions to Egypt and Nubia between 1853 and 1855, taking over two hundred photographs of landscapes and ancient monuments. The Nile stands out as Green's masterpiece, an abstract desertscape of exquisite subtlety from an age consumed by the precision with which photography transliterates reality.