In 1992, the Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the
University of Chicago published a series of limited edition photographs
entitled Lost Egypt.
The images reproduced in these portfolios are from the Survey's unique
archive of over 800 large-format glass plate negatives taken in
Egypt between 1880 and 1930, which provide an extraordinary impression
of the land and people of the Nile Valley as they appeared before
the onset of the modern era. These views include the ruins of
ancient monuments still half-buried beneath the sand, exquisite
details of carved and painted temple walls, fleets of feluccas
on the river, palm groves reflected in the inundation waters,
and formal salon poses and ethnographic portraits of Egyptians
R E D I T S
accompanying text is largely the work of Dr. Peter Dorman, former
director of the Epigraphic Survey, University of Chicago; Dr. John
Darnell, former senior epigrapher; and photo archivist Susan Lezon.
The present field director of the Chicago House in Luxor, Egypt,
is Dr. W. Raymond Johnson.