Virtually unknown today, John Henry Haynes is the father of American archaeological photography. His photographic odyssey took him from Athens to Istanbul, across Anatolia, and ultimately to Mesopotamia. In a landmark study that includes many images never published before, Robert Ousterhout assesses his unique blend of artistry and documentation.
See Cornucopia 44 for a preview of the photgraphs as exhibited in ‘Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands’ at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 2010, and also at the Pera Museum in Istanbul in 2011. Also see Cornucopia 46,‘Digging the Dirt on an Archaeological Scandal’
REVIEWS FOR JOHN HENRY HAYNES
‘The photographs constitute the main subject of this book, and each picture is printed beautifully on a full page. Four short essays narrate the fascinating story of Haynes’s life while he captured these 100 images. The book concludes with a longer essay analyzing Haynes’s aesthetic talents and his place in photographic art history… This book fills an important gap in our knowledge about the development of the archaeological discipline in the United States, and it will be of interest to those studying the history of archaeology or photography.’ Peter J Cobb, Expedition, Penn University
‘The first American consul in Baghdad was John Henry Haynes who travelled extensively across the Ottoman empire to uncover and record the ruins of lost civilizations. Loyal and slow-witted, encircled at every turn by spiteful colleagues, deserted by his wife, … dying broken in mind and body in 1906. Something of Haynes’s own isolation haunts the images of these lost and lonely monuments to vanished worlds.’ Jason Goodwin, Country Life