Tuesday,18 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1385, (15 - 21 March 2018)
Tuesday,18 September, 2018
Issue 1385, (15 - 21 March 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Emile Bechard

Emile Bechard
Emile Bechard

The Photographic Gallery at the American University in Cairo, in cooperation with The Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL), is hosting a photographic exhibition entitled “Emile Béchard: An Orientalist in Nineteenth Century Cairo” opened on 14 February. This collection that displays – 53 19th-century sepia photographs by Emile Bechard (1844-unknown) – is on loan from AUC Trustee Philip Maritz. It includes scenes of street life, domestic life, market activities, Sufi dervishes, women and an assortment of portraits of Sheikh Al-Sadat, an important social figure of the time.

Bechard was a Cairo-based Orientalist and the official photographer of the Egyptian Museum in partnership with another prominent French photographer, Hippolyte Délié with whom he operated a photographic studio at the Azbakiya gardens. Together the two photographers published an album of the Bulaq Museum. On his return to France, Bechard participated in the Exposition Universelle de Paris of 1878 where he obtained a Médaille d’Or. Other than his albums commissioned by Khedive Ismail, gravures of his travel photographs were published by Palmière in 1888 under the title L’Egypte et la Nubie (available on display at the RBSCL).


The exhibition continues through 22 March.

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