Jérusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Piscine probatique, 1

Auguste Salzmann French
Printer Imprimerie photographique de Blanquart-Évrard, à Lille French

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In this transverse view of an ancient reservoir, new plant life overtakes the rolling topography. Salzmann arrived in Jerusalem New Year’s Day 1854. By day he studied the city; at night he prepared negatives at the Franciscan monastery where he stayed. When six weeks of torrential rain interrupted this work, he dressed, in his words, "like an Eskimo," struggling in the piercing cold to adjust the delicate photographic chemistry in a new environment. After the rain had ceased, he observed that "strange vegetation had started to sprout" all over the city, adding to its otherworldly character.

Jérusalem, Enceinte du Temple, Piscine probatique, 1, Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872), Salted paper print from paper negative

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