Cairo to Constantinople by Sophie Gordon
Francis Bedford's Photographs of the Middle East

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Bedford's feel for composition gives many shots more than nostalgic appeal. His use of differing scales at Giza—large pyramid...and his view of Malta's terraced streets cascading toward the harbor are, even today, an education for the eye.
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In the spring of 1862, Queen Victoria commissioned the leading British photographer Francis Bedford to accompany her son and heir, the future King Edward VII, on an ambitious journey across the Middle East. This beautifully illustrated book traces their tour throughout Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, and Greece alongside excerpts from Prince Edward’s diary and other newly discovered archival material, published here for the first time.

Over the course of several months, Bedford produced more than two hundred negatives, including images of architecture and stunning landscapes, from a breathtaking view of the Garden of Gethsemane to shots of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. He was the first Christian granted permission to photograph sacred sites in Jerusalem. Bedford also captured many photographs of the people he encountered on the tour, both locals and members of the royal party.

Cairo to Constantinople is the first book to focus on the photographs taken during Prince Edward’s travels in the Middle East. Taken during a time of great change in the area, these extraordinary photographs will fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of the Middle East or in photography’s role in documenting civilization.
 

About Sophie Gordon

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Sophie Gordon is senior curator of photographs in the Royal Collection and has published widely on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography. Badr El Hage is an independent photohistorian and a freelance writer and curator in the Middle East.
 
Published May 1, 2013 by Royal Collection Trust. 256 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel.
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Bedford's feel for composition gives many shots more than nostalgic appeal. His use of differing scales at Giza—large pyramid...and his view of Malta's terraced streets cascading toward the harbor are, even today, an education for the eye.

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