Jérusalem, Fontaine Arabe, 2

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

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This photograph presents one of six monumental sabils, or fountains, built by Süleyman the Magnificent in 1536–37. The fountain satisfied everyday and ritual necessities: water flowed for drinking as well as for the cleansing of the face, hands, and feet before prayer. Salzmann places the arched structure slightly off-center in a narrow depth of field, a strategy that accentuates its grandiosity in the flat landscape. The blank sky heightens the fountain’s sculptural qualities and isolates it as a specimen of regional architecture for close study.

Jérusalem, Fontaine Arabe, 2, Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872), Salted paper print from paper negative

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