Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project

The Temples of Philae, Agilkia Island. Now located on the lake between the Aswan Low and High Dams, the temples and shrines of the island of Philae (4th century B.C.-6th century A.D.) were dismantled and re-erected on the nearby island of Agilkia as part of the Nubian Salvage campaign. This photograph of the complex is from the south (the isle of Biga). Clearly apparent are: the kiosk of Nectanebo I, front-left (c. 380 B.C.), the temple of Isis, center-left (c. 285 - 51 B.C.), and the kiosk of Trajan, center-right (c. A.D. 98). The temple-complex functioned as the last bastion of the ancient pharaonic religion in Egypt, until closed by Emperor Justinian in A.D. 551. The temple of Isis was later transformed into a Christian church. Spreading across the distant left is the old Aswan Low Dam. (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, toned with Kodak Rapid Selenium toner. The original prints are 7"x22" on 10"x24" paper.