Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage

The Photographic Memory of Egypt (PME) program at the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT) is focused on the documentation and preservation of Egypt’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage through photography. The PME program’s primary activity is to digitize and document photographic collections of photographers as well as important institutional and private collections from the nineteenth and early twentieth-century. These digital collections gathered from local and international sources currently contain 20,000 images and continue to expand. They are to be made available for researchers and to the public through an online database. The collection ranges from photojournalism and the archives of key photographers practicing in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, to Orientalist photographs produced by photographic teams and studios operating in Egypt between 1880 and 1930, to vernacular images produced by local families documenting alternative social histories of Egyptian society from the 1920s to 1960s, to documentary photographs of key events in Egypt’s history as a nation. The program is also engaged in a survey of photographic collections concerning Egypt and the development of a comprehensive timeline for the history of photographic practice in Egypt. Publications based on the CULTNAT historic photograph collection include: Egypt 1920: The Photographs of Lehnert & Landrock (2006, CDRom); and Nubia Through Two Eras – The photographs of Antoune Albert (2008). Contact Details: CULTNAT – Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural HeritageBibliotheca AlexandrinaKm 28 Cairo-Alexandria desert roadSmart Village, Giza, Egypt +20-3545-322

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