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In the Stacks
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Combining shadows and reflected light to bring out fine details, Egyptologist Raymond Johnson, at left, of the University of Chicago uses a mirror to examine faint carvings on stones quarried from Luxor Temple. He and colleague Briant Bohleke, at right, work in an archive of information about the controversial Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and his 17-year reign. After his death Akhenaten’s successors erased his name, dismantled his temples, and used the masonry in their own buildings—unwittingly preserving the king’s story for the ages. Reliefs on Akhenaten’s temple stones tell of a reign marked by artistic and religious transformation.




Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8 zoom
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Hot and sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light with flash fill





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