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Camera, Lights

It took 6,500 flashbulbs, a month of preparation, and a certain audacity to illuminate the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza for the largest flash image ever captured on film. Sponsored by bulb manufacturer Sylvania, lights were strung from the 450-foot- (140-meter-) high tip of the pyramid to the foot of the Great Sphinx, at left, a quarter of a mile away.

Photograph by Joe Covello, Osram Sylvania
1959, previously unpublished in NGM
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003

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