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Title:  Western Wall
Item Identifier:  69 (original negative number)
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Diness, M. J. (1827-1900), photographer
Date:  1859 or 1860
Dimensions:  24 x 24 cm.
Associated Name:  Barnier, John (b. 1951), United States, printer
Harvard Semitic Museum (n.d.), Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, sponsor
Location:  Subject: Jerusalem
Subject: Western Wall, Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem
Topics:  walls; stereographs
Materials/Techniques:  platinum print on board
Modern platinum print made by John Barnier in 1993 from Diness's original glass, wet collodion negative. Enlarged half-stereograph mounted on board with window mat 41 x 51 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. Original glass negative in Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
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. John Barnier, an American photographer who specializes in historical photographic processes, discovered Diness's original glass negatives in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1989. He was later commissioned to develop the photographic prints used in the "Capturing the Holy Land" exhibition.
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. 18
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
Add.HSM:017:18
AKP128.15
Record Identifier: olvwork540157


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