DU CAMP, Maxime
b. 8 February 1822; d. 9 February 1894
Du Camp was a French writer and journalist who travelled in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. He had a simple reason for taking up photography, as he recalled later:
He learned photography from Gustave Le Gray, and his calotypes started appearing from 1851. His book, "Le Nil, Egypte et Nubie", containing 220 calotypes, was one of the first to be illustrated with original photographs.
Travel photography then, unlike today, one had to approach with something verging on missionary zeal. Do Camp once commented:
© Robert Leggat, 1999.