Background: Egypt
Porter did not normally accept jobs merely illustrating other authors' books. But, in spring and autumn 1973, he made two excursions to Egypt to shoot photographs for historian Kenneth W. Kitchen's study of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Although Porter carried Kitchen's register of subjects, he was free to add to the list as he saw fit, and did. Unfortunately, Kitchen's text was far longer than the publisher expected, and the project never came to fruition. Porter's photographs remained unpublished until 1990, when the University of New Mexico Press published Monuments of Egypt. Drawn from Porter's transparencies, rather than his more discrete selection of prints, this book offers a more broadly descriptive and spacious vision of the country's ancient ruins than the synopsis Porter chose to print for himself. The collection holds 105 Egyptian prints.

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