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Ancient Egypt

Feet of a statue of Ramses II, Luxor Temple, Thebes, Egypt. From a series on ancient Egypt for 'Life'
Feet of a statue of Ramses II, Luxor Temple, Thebes, Egypt. From a series on ancient Egypt for 'Life' circa 1966, Brake, Brian (1927–1988), Egypt. Gift of Mr Raymond Wai-Man Lau, 2001. Te Papa

Brake photographed ancient Egyptian sites and artefacts for Life magazine to run as a story over six issues. The project took 18 months. Such a length of time indicates the amount of money Life was prepared to spend to ensure work of the highest standard.

Brake used a studio-type 4 x 5 inch camera. The technical quality of the photographs this produced was so high that he was able to use them in his later film, Ancient Egypt: The sun and the river. More than two-thirds of the shots in the movie were simply pans and zooms into his original still photographs.



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