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[Large Photograph of the Nile Bank Near the Great Pyramids of Giza, with a Group of Arabs and a Camel in the Foreground, Titled]: # 800. Palmieres et Pyramides.
Ca. 1880. Large mounted albumen print ca. 28x22,5 cm (11 x 8 ¾ in). Very good tonal range, mounted on original card. Signed and captioned in negative in the lower corners. Mount with a repaired tear and some chipping of blank corner margins not affecting the image, otherwise a very good photograph. This nicely executed image shows the Great Pyramids of Giza through an Arab settlement of mud brick houses on the Nile bank, with a picturesque group of Arabs and a camel in the foreground. "The Zangaki brothers were born on the island of Milos. It is not known where they learned photography but soon after their arrival in Egypt they became established photographers. The Greek brothers' photographs are very commonly found in tourists' albums assembled in the Middle East in the latter part of the 19th century. From their Port Said studio, they were in an ideal position to sell to those on the Grand Tour" (Jacobson, K. Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography, 1839-1925. London, 2007, p. 277).