Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



The Island of Philae. The sandbanks and old coffer dam identify the location of the island, now fully submerged in the lake between the Aswan Low and High Dams. The view is to the northeast, as seen from the island of Bigga. As part of the construction of the High Dam and the Nubian Salvage campaign, the temples and shrines of Philae (4th century B.C - 6th century A.D.) were dismantled and re-erected on the nearby island of Agilkia (off the photograph to the far left). The island of Bigga was famous as the location of the Abaton, a sanctuary believed to be a tomb of Osiris. (Caption - Peter Piccione)


All the photographs were made with a Fujica G617 Panorama Camera. The film is TriX. The prints are made on llford Mulitgrade Fiber base paper. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.


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