Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

Various authors
2019
252 pages
206 illustrations
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In 1842, the pioneering French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) set out eastward across the Mediterranean, daguerreotype equipment in tow. He spent the next three years documenting lands that were then largely unknown to the West, including Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, in some of the earliest surviving photographic images of these places. Monumental Journey, the first monograph in English on this brilliant yet enigmatic artist, explores the hundreds of daguerreotypes Girault made during his unprecedented trip, offering a rare, early look at sites and cities that have since been altered—sometimes irrevocably—by urban, environmental, and political change.

Beautiful full-scale reproductions of Girault’s photographs, many published here for the first time, and incisive essays shed new light on the arc of his career and his groundbreaking contributions to the burgeoning fields of photography, archaeology, and architectural history. Monumental Journey presents an artist of astonishing innovation whose work occupies a singular space at the border of history and modernity, tradition and invention, endurance and evanescence.

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Apse, Basilica San Pietro, Toscanella (Tuscania) (43. Toscanella. Eglise de S. Pietro. Apside.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Temple of Bacchus, Athens (53. Athènes. 1842. Temple de Bacchus), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Mosquée de Cordoue and La Giralda et l'Alcazar de Séville, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Color lithographs
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
[1837]
Excursions Daguerriennes. Vues et monuments les plus remarquables du globe, Noël-Marie-Paymal Lerebours  French, Etchings and aquatints
Noël-Marie-Paymal Lerebours
1840s
Alep, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Lithograph
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1843
Mosquée, au Kaire, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Lithograph
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1843
Rose Window, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris (277. Troyes. 1841. Cathedrale. Gde. Rose. Fichot-Paris [sic]), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1841
Fountain, Place du Château d’Eau, Paris, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1841–42
Northwest Facade, Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome (12. Rome. 1842. Graecostasis. faç. N.O.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Western Approach to the Acropolis, Athens (49. Athènes. 1842. Acropole. Côté O.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Ruins and Foreground, Acropolis, Athens (55. Athènes. 1842. Acropole. ruines et 1ers plans (pour tableau)), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Erechtheion, Athens (62. Athènes. 1842. T. de Minerve Poliade.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Caryatid, Erechtheion, Athens (56. Athènes. Caryatides. Erecht.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Pompey’s Column, Alexandria (68. Alexandrie 1842. Colonne de Pompée.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Grand Minaret, Alexandria (73. Alexandrie. 1842. Grand Minaret.?), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Desert near Alexandria (74. Près d’Alexandrie. Le désert. 1842.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842
Mosque of Sultan al-Hakim, Cairo (117. Kaire. 1843 Gâma Soultan Ansoun détails [sic]), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1842–1843
Temple of Artemis, Sardis (134. Sardes. 1843. T. de Cybèle.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1843
Capital, Greco-Roman Theater, Miletus (71. Milet. Théatre ant. chap.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1843
Ramesseum, Thebes (201. Thèbes. 1844. 202 Rhamséion.), Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey  French, Daguerreotype
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
1844
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Pinson, Stephen C. 2019. Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey. New York: the Metropolitan museum of art.