This stunning photograph by Félix Bonfils shows the patio of the El Azhar Mosque with its believers. This is a rare document, considering how difficult it was to take pictures of places of worship at that time.
Félix Bonfils (Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, March 8 1831 - Alès, April 9 1885) was a French photographer and one of the first, along with Emile Bechard, who documented the Middle East with a new tool: photography. The photographic studio he created in 1867 in Beirut, Lebanon, produced a very large photographic documentation about Egypt and the Middle East from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. These photographs were widely distributed, and became famous and are still nowadays, a reference in the history of Eastern photography.
- Félix Bonfils
- Title of artwork
- Mosquée El Azhar avec étudiants
- Albumen paper process
- Signed in negative
- Very fine
- Vintage print