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Photographer Kenneth Garrett talks about the story behind these images (below).


Sacred Wonder of the World

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Sacred Wonder of the World

“You can make another aerial photograph of the three Pyramids that might be more dramatic. But the picture is designed to show you the sacred space of the king’s burial place.”
—Photographer Kenneth Garrett


Icons of antiquity, the Pyramids of Giza embody the mystery and majesty of Egypt’s cultural heritage. The Great Pyramid, at right, tomb of King Khufu, towers some 450 feet (140 meters) over the desert. Built from 2.3 million blocks of stone, it is the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one that survives.


Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
NGM November 2001
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003
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Biography
Kenneth Garrett

Kenneth Garrett is a freelance photographer who specializes in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures. He has photographed archaeological subjects worldwide for National Geographic and is responsible for more than half the images featured in Treasures of Egypt. “Each time I start a new story, it’s the thrill of the chase all over again,” Garrett says.
Garrett on Egypt
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