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Professor publishes book linking photography and archaeology

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A professor of art and archaeology at Hood College has recently published a book that unites photography and archaeology to bring the past into the present.

Frederick N. Bohrer, Ph.D., examines some of history's most famous archaeological excavations, as well as some lesser-known sites from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas in a book entitled "Photography and Archaeology." Published by Reaktion Books in London, it is part of their influential "Exposures" series of books on photography.

In his publication, Bohrer discusses the ways these sites have been represented in photographs and shows how the development of photography in the 19th century has brought archaeology to the public's attention. He asserts that while photos of archaeological sites and objects function to preserve and document, the medium also alters archeological objects and transforms them into works of art. The book includes numerous archaeological images, many of which have been published for the first time.

He is also the author of "Orientalism and Visual Culture: Imagining Mesopotamia in Nineteenth-Century Europe," which examines the varied reception of the art of ancient Mesopotamia at the time of its archaeological discovery in England, France and Germany.

Bohrer, who has been on the faculty at Hood since 1989, earned a doctoral degree in the history of art at the University of Chicago.