Félix Teynard (French, 1817-1892)
"Égypte / Djïzeh (Necropole de Memphis) / Pyramide de Chéops (Grande Pyramide),"
Salt print, 1853-1854, from a paper negative
24.5 x 30.7 cm
Félix Teynard was one of the first visitors to Egypt to record its monuments and landscape in photographs. A civil engineer from Grenoble, who may have learned the waxed paper negative process from Le Gray, he traveled on an extended voyage to photograph the architecture and landscape of Egypt and Nubia in 1851-1852. Teynard’s 160 images constituted the most complete photographic record to date of the Nile Valley from Cairo to the Second Cataract. These were printed by the Paris firm of Fonteny in 1853-1854 and published by Goupil in 1858.