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Jerusalem, Valley of Josaphat, Tomb of St. James (Jérusalem, Vallée de Josaphat, Tombeau de Saint Jacques)

A work made of salted paper print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of salted paper print.


1854, printed 1856


Auguste Salzmann
French, 1824–1872

About this artwork

An amateur archaeologist trained as a painter, Auguste Salzmann learned photography in order to document archaeological finds in the field. He traveled to Jersualem in 1853, photographing holy sites for a year, until he was stricken by fever and forced to return home with some 150 paper negatives. The resulting prints were published in 1856 by the noted printer Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard as a tourist album on the monuments of Jerusalem, available for purchase by the public; in the introduction, Salzmann wrote, “Photographs are not reports, but rather conclusive brute facts.” Despite this assertion, his choice of medium did act as a vehicle of interpretation: the salted paper print gave a somewhat softened, textured appearance to the stone ruins, increasing the suggestion of nostalgia latent in the combination of archeology and tourism.


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Auguste Salzmann


Jerusalem, Valley of Josaphat, Tomb of St. James (Jérusalem, Vallée de Josaphat, Tombeau de Saint Jacques)


France (Artist's nationality)


Made 1854


Salted paper print


Image: 23.4 × 32.2 cm (9 1/4 × 12 11/16 in.); Paper: 41.4 × 58.5 cm (16 5/16 × 23 1/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Helen Harvey Mills in memory of her mother Kathleen W. Harvey

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