Tom Van Eynde: Thebes Photographic Project



The Colossi of Memnon are a pair of monolithic statues of King Amenhotep III (ca. 1386 B.C.). They were erected before the pylon of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, now completely destroyed. The statues stand 15.6 m. (51 ft.) high and 6.1 m. (20 ft.) wide, with an estimated weight of 720 tons. Reliable ancient accounts record that at dawn the northern colossus (right) emitted a sound (apparently due to the natural effects of a fissure in the stone). Repairs to the statue in the second century A.D. silenced the sounds forever. (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.


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