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Breathing new life into archive photography - Abu Simbel revisited Seminar

Mike Spearman from CMC Associates

Breathing new life into archive photography - Abu Simbel revisited

Dr Mike Spearman: CMC Associates, Edinburgh
CMC Associates lead the way in bringing heritage to life through innovative design and interpretation.

In 1964, the Abu Simbel temples in Egypt was disassembled and reconstructed in a higher position to save it from the flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam. Before the monuments removal to safety, a campaign was carried out by the French IGN, making stereo pairs of photos as a photogrammetric record of the temples in their original position. The 3D-COFORM project recovered these original analogue images and used them for creating image-based digital 3D models of the temples and their interiors. Some of the results are on display in the Exhibition – the implications of this work for archive photography are explored in this seminar.

Dr Mike Spearman been involved in the use of technology for cultural heritage purposes since the early 90's. He was head of the National Museums of Scotland's Multimedia Team as well as curator of the Museum’s Early Historic collections


Seminar information

Events scheduled for 17.30 will start at 16:00 with a tour of the exhibition where the speaker and other 3DC representatives will be on hand to give a tour and talk to the visitors. The seminar itself will start at 17.30 after the exhibition has closed at 17.00. After the seminar, visitors will be invited to join a discussion over a glass of wine with the speaker(s) and other 3DC representatives and visitors.

Recorded Seminar

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00