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Tour of "Light of Ancient Athens" exhibition, July 15

exhibition in the main gallery of Firestone sheds light on the ruins of ancient Athens -- as well as on a remarkable series of pictures by a famed photographer that recently were discovered in the library's collection and are being displayed for the first time.

"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Filix Bonfils, 1868-1875" runs through Oct. 7.

Don Skemer, curator of manuscripts, will conduct a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

The exhibition is based on a series of 42 large-format photographs of Athens taken by Bonfils, a French photographer who lived from 1831 to 1885. Bonfils established a studio in Beirut in 1867 -- when photography was not yet 30 years old -- to serve the growing commercial market for photographs of the Holy Land, Egypt, Greece and other places attracting travelers.

Bonfils produced thousands of sepia-tone albumen prints, some 800 of which were acquired by Rudolf Br|nnow, a professor of Semitic philology at Princeton from 1910 until his death in 1917. The University received the albums containing the prints in 1921 when his papers were donated to the library.

To read more about the exhibition, click here .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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