For the past three decades, Sarite Sanders of world renown has been travelling to Egypt in the company of writers, scholars, artists and Egyptologists, and this mission has resulted in a remarkable book, The Eternal Light of Egypt: A Photographic Journey as well as an imposing exhibition which has already shown in Chicago and is currently underway, until June 10, 2010, at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
The Eternal Light of Egypt is dominated by haunting and surreal photographs of ancient Egyptian monuments which invite the observer to engage with Egypt’s most enduring legacy – the temples, the mummies, the gods and goddesses, and the pyramids. A remarkable feature of some of these 40 photographs in Albany is that they were taken by the photographer using infra-red film which makes the images magical and mystical at the same time.
The technique was especially popular in the 1960s when musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa used it on their album covers.
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