John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900 (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Robert G. Ousterhout(Author)

ISBN: 9780956594860 | Published by: Cornucopia Books/Caique Publishing | Year of Publication: 2016 | 2nd Edition | Language: English 152p, H7.9 x W10.2, 121 color plates
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John Henry Haynes


Virtually unknown today, John Henry Haynes (1849–1910) may be regarded as the father of American archaeological photography.
His travels took him from Athens to Istanbul and on to Mesopotamia. In this landmark study, now revised with additional unpublished photographs published for the first time, Robert G. Ousterhout assesses his unique blend of artistry and documentation.
Although he had scant academic credentials and just a short training in ‘aesthetic’ photography, John Henry Haynes broke new ground. In 1900 he uncovered an astounding cache of 23,000 cuneiform tablets that told us much of what we know about the Sumerian literary tradition. And with his discerning eye and artistic sensibility, he captured astonishing sights, many never photographed before, and many no longer in existence. Ultimately he was the victim of rivalry, snobbery and outright skullduggery and died ‘broken in body and spirit’.

Table of Contents

A Foothold in the East
TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA Anatolia, Syria and Mesopotamia
BAGHDAD AND BEYOND The Unsung Hero of Nippur
AN EYE FOR THE PICTURESQUE The Photographer as Artist

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