Jérusalem, Couvent Arménien, Ornements, 1

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

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Salzmann centers this composition on a covered window at what he identifies as an Armenian monastery. His vantage point emphasizes the textural variation among the intricate designs chiseled into the gridlike pattern of the stone wall. Shadows created by the sun’s high position outline the areas of carved relief and provide the contrast needed for a legible photograph. Although these examples of ornament hold significant cultural and religious meaning for the monastery’s inhabitants, Salzmann was interested only in their aesthetic qualities.

Jérusalem, Couvent Arménien, Ornements, 1, Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872), Salted paper print from paper negative

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