Capturing the Holy Land: M.J. Diness and the beginnings of photography in Jerusalem

John Barnier, M. J Diness, Carney E. S Gavin, Nitza Rosovsky, Dror Wahrman

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By chance, photographer John Barnier came across eight dusty wooden boxes containing 134 glass plate negatives along with eighty silver prints, stereoscopic views, notebooks, and other photographic material. Realizing the images were of Jerusalem, Barnier eventually inquired about the identity of the photographer at the Harvard Semitic Museum. It was determined that the materials belonged to Mendel John Diness--thus providing the first known surviving material of his work except lithographs. An amazing story accompanied by excellent early photographs of Jerusalem in the 1800s. --
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
PublisherHarvard Semitic Museum
Number of pages111
ISBN (Print)0674095243, 9780674095243, ‎ 0674095243
StatePublished - 1993

Bibliographical note

Catalogue of an exhibition.
2nd edition by Harvard University Press published in 1995.


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