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MONASTERY OF SAINT ANTHONY: LANDSCAPE, STRUCTURES, DAILY LIFE OF MONKS: A COLLECTION OF VINATAGE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1930-1 AT THE WASHINGTON DUMBARTON OAKS RESEARCH LIBRARY AND COLLECTIONS

September 27, 2017

Anthony

One of Kazazian’s beautiful photographs of the Monastery of St. Anthony (looking east from the monastery)

The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s (MS.BZ.004, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.) has a large collection of vintage photographs from 1931-2 of the Monastery of Saint Anthony at the Red Sea, Egypt.

The photographs were taken during the Thomas Whittemore’s Expedition, an American archaeologist, in 1930-1 (actually, two visits in the winters of these two years), and were taken by the mission’s photographer, Kazazian, a famous Armenian photographer.

The pictures are perhaps the first photographic documentary of the ancient Coptic monastery of St. Anthony, which is dated to the 4th century, capturing the 1930’s structure of its walls, pulley, towers, keep, churches, guest house, mill, bakery, oven, kitchen, refectory, storeroom, springs, cisterns, garden, streets, courts, pasture, murals and paintings, library, St. Anthony’s Cave, cells, and the monks in their daily life and work. And in this sense, they are invaluable. They are all in black and white, and numbering 104.

I have shared some with you in a previous article; but now I share all 104 photographs with you:

First 30 photographs, you can find here

Next photographs (31-60), you can find here

Next photographs (61-30), you can find here

The remaining photographs (91-104), you can find here

One Comment leave one →
  1. Egiziane permalink
    September 30, 2017 9:16 pm

    Brilliant, many Armenians came to Egypt during the Genocide in Turkey, talented and artistic Armenians contributed to the Egyptian artistic and cultural development in photography, cinematography, and art .

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