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Title:  James Graham ...
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Diness, M. J. (1827-1900), photographer
Production:  Jerusalem
Date:  1856
Dimensions:  10 x 8 in.
Associated Name:  Harvard Semitic Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, sponsor
Graham, James (1806-1869, British), subject
Topics:  missionaries; photographers; Scottish
Materials/Techniques:  board
gelatin silver process
Modern gelatin silver print from original photograph, mounted on board with window mat 36 x 28 cm.
Note:  Citation/references: Exhibition catalog: Capturing the Holy Land : M.J. Diness and the beginnings of photography in Jerusalem / with contributions by Dror Wahrman, Carney Gavin, Nitza Rosovsky ; photographs printed by John Barnier from the original glass plate negatives. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c1993.
Exhibitions: Exhibited in: "Capturing the Holy Land: M.J. Diness and the Beginnings of Photography in Jerusalem," Harvard Semitic Museum, 1993.
General: Title from exhibition caption. Caption continues: Lay secretary in Jerusalem to the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. Graham, a Scotsman who learned how to photograph just prior to his arrival in Jerusalem in 1853, taught Diness the art. Original photograph courtesy of John Barnier.
Historical: Mendel John Diness (1827-1900), a Jewish watchmaker, arrived in Jerusalem in 1848 and converted to Christianity a year later. Unable to continue working as a watchmaker, he studied photography under Scottish missionary James Graham in 1856 and became the first resident photographer in Jerusalem. Faced with increased competition from other photographers arriving in the city, Diness emigrated to the United States in 1860. He changed his name to Mendenhall John Dennis and operated a photography studio in Cincinnati until 1867 but was unsuccessful. He went on to become a lecturer and evangelical minister.
Copyright:  Please consult Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, for copyright information and restrictions on use.
Related Work:  part of Harvard Semitic Museum Photographic Archive
Related Information:  From Photographs for the exhibition "Capturing the Holy Land," no. VI
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
Record Identifier: olvwork539318

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