Francis Frith produced widely popular travel photographs and photographically illustrated books for a public eager to experience faraway lands from the comfort of their own homes. In Egypt and the surrounding region, Frith’s equipment included a camera outfitted with two lenses in order to produce the 100 stereographs included in Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia. Each pair of nearly identical side-by-side images was meant to be viewed using a small stereoscope that was included with the book. Seen through this handheld device, the images merged in the mind to create an illusion of three dimensions, transporting readers to distant sites by virtual reality.


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Artist
Francis Frith, English, 1822–1898
Title
Egypt, Nubia, and Ethiopia
Date
1862
Medium
Book of albumen prints, stereographs
Dimensions
9 3/8 × 7 5/8 × 1 7/8 in.
Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Culbertson

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
84.349
Classification
Books & Manuscripts
Provenance

Margaret Culbertson, Houston; given to MFAH, 1984.