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Dead Sea photographs from the nineteenth century

By
Gal Karniel
Gal Karniel
Program of Culture Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel
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Yehouda Enzel
Yehouda Enzel
Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 91904, Israel, and Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel
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Published:
January 01, 2006

The invention of the camera in 1839 opened new vistas and opportunities the world over. As to the Near East, this development meant people could now view the lands of the Bible, previously only imagined and documented in other artistic media. The first known photograph of the Dead Sea was taken in 1857, and in the decades that followed, numerous photographers captured this landscape for purposes of science, commerce, and religion. This chapter offers a short review of Dead Sea photography prior to 1900, focusing on images that provide details of interest to the environmental and earth sciences community, and that can be precisely traced and located today. Moreover, it contains a relevant initial database of images and their sources, dates, and bibliographical information, marking the first step in cataloging the photographs of the Dead Sea from the nineteenth century.

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GSA Special Papers

New Frontiers in Dead Sea Paleoenvironmental Research

Yehouda Enzel
Yehouda Enzel
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Amotz Agnon
Amotz Agnon
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Mordechai Stein
Mordechai Stein
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Geological Society of America
Volume
401
ISBN print:
9780813724010
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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