Egypt 1906 (When you look carefully at the perspective of this photo, you realise that the photo of the southernmost colossus of Ramses II at Abu Simbel could only have been taken from the head of one of the northern ones!
This was during James Breasted’s 1906 Nubian expedition for the Oriental Institute. To obtain this great vantage point, a practical – if precarious – solution had to be found. Colossus I (the northernmost statue) was scaled with a number of wooden ladders spliced together. Then the space between Colossus I and 2 bridged by another ladder.This amazing photograph was taken on Saturday February 17, 1906 by expedition photographer Friedrich Koch.)

Egypt 1906 (When you look carefully at the perspective of this photo, you realise that the photo of the southernmost colossus of Ramses II at Abu Simbel could only have been taken from the head of one of the northern ones!


This was during James Breasted’s 1906 Nubian expedition for the Oriental Institute. 

To obtain this great vantage point, a practical – if precarious – solution had to be found. Colossus I (the northernmost statue) was scaled with a number of wooden ladders spliced together. Then the space between Colossus I and 2 bridged by another ladder.

This amazing photograph was taken on Saturday February 17, 1906 by expedition photographer Friedrich Koch.)