Medinet-Habu by John Beasley Greene. 1854. Salted paper print from paper negative. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
From the Met:
From 1852 to 1855 Greene, the first photographer-archaeologist to work and travel in Egypt, concentrated his studies and excavations at Thebes and Deir el-Bahri. At Medinet-Habu (Thebes) he cleaned important inscriptions. This photograph represents a corner of a second courtyard of the temple and depicts the last eighteen lines of the inscription of the year 5 of the reign of the Ramesses III, recounting with effusive praise the king’s victories over the peoples to the north.