Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East at The Queen's Gallery


Prince of Wales and party among ruins in Karnak, Thebes, Egypt. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013 Pinterest


Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East is the latest exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. In 1862, the Prince of Wales was sent on an educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by Francis Bedford, a well known British photographer. This display documents their four month journey using Bedford’s remarkable images to tell the story of their adventure. Bedford was the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. His resulting work explores the cultural and political significance that Victorian Britain attached to that part of the world. The pair travelled through Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Turkey and Greece where they encountered all the leaders and notable figures of the day. This vivid exhibition brings an important part of history to life, with parts of the region as troubled then as they are today.


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