Detecting the Past: K.A.C. Creswell, Photography, and the Landscape of Cairo

Nicholas Warner

in Creswell Photographs Re-examined

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162442
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970115 | DOI:
Detecting the Past: K.A.C. Creswell, Photography, and the Landscape of Cairo

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Photography furnishes the urban or architectural historian with one of the most important tools for the study of physical change in the built landscape. In the case of the city of Cairo, there are three major photographic records that show the city at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, which are discussed in this chapter. Creswell was first proposed as a member of the board of the Comité by Muhammad Riyad Bey in 1939. The significant number of images in his collection that were also published in the bulletins of the Comité, or that are duplicated in their archive, suggests that he also made good use of their photographic resources. It remains of inestimable value that architectural historians can resort to photographic collections such as that formed by Creswell to create a better understanding of that vanished past.

Keywords: photography; Comité; Muhammad Riyad Bey; Creswell; archive

Chapter.  13013 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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