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The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun

Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt to discover the story of British photographer Harry Burton, whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt's Valley of the Kings to discover the story of an unsung hero of British photography - Harry Burton, the man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation in the 1920s.

As she explores the spectacular locations where Burton worked, including Tutankhamun's tomb, she investigates how Burton's photographs inspired a craze for Egyptian designs and made the archaeologist Howard Carter an international celebrity. She discovers why Burton's images are still studied today by Egyptologists around the world. And she works with a present-day photographer Harry Cory Wright to find out how Burton pushed the boundaries of photographic art to create his extraordinary and influential pictures of the world's most famous archaeological discovery.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 7 Mar 2018 23:00

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Margaret Mountford
Production Company Wavelength Films
Producer Patrick McGrady
Director Patrick McGrady
Executive Producer Lucy Ward
Executive Producer Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer Fiona Ryder
Photographer Harry Cory Wright
Participant Liam McNamara
Participant Francisco Bosch-Puche
Participant Christina Riggs
Participant Salima Ikram
Participant Yarko Kobylecky
Participant Sue Lezon
Participant Ehab Gaddis
Participant Aliaa Ismail

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