From Cairo to Aleppo: exploring the photographic archive of K.A.C Creswell

23 March '18 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for an in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs dating from the early-20th century.

Professor Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell CBE FBA FSA (13 September 1879 – 8 April 1974) was an English architectural historian who wrote some of the seminal works on Islamic architecture in Egypt. Creswell bequeathed his library of 3,000-plus volumes to the American University in Cairo, along with his collection of some 11,000 photographic prints. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford received the photographic negatives.

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A) now holds more than three thousand of his photographic prints, the majority of which depict Cairo, but also other cities across the Middle East and North Africa.

As part of The Barakat Trust’s commitment to the study and preservation of Islamic heritage and culture, this archive is now being analysed and systematically catalogued by researcher and The Barakat Trust’s Grantee Omniya Abdel Barr. During this talk, she will discuss her efforts to investigate Creswell’s photographs as well as the stories they reveal; adding geospatial data to map these historic sites and including Arabic script


Prints & Drawings Study Room, Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


The Barakat Trust

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