John Henry Haynes

A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900

By Robert Ousterhout
Published by Cornucopia Books
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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

‘While he may have wanted to be known as the archaeologist who discovered the Temple Library at Nippur, he is clearly going to be best remembered for the outstanding images he produced, which are used to such good effect in this book.’
Paul T Nicholson, ASTENE Bulletin

‘Haynes’ images are evocative of a bygone era. They are documentary in that they record the work of archeologists a little over a century ago. They are melancholic, in sepia with few people, recording long-lost civilizations. But above all they are visual poetry… Haynes’ tale is there for all the world to know the truth about a patient, observant man, who brought the past to life.’ Marion James, Zaman

‘Everyone picking up my copy of this book has asked me where they can buy it. It is indeed quite outstanding as a photographic record of the Ottoman Turkish landscape, then untouched by population explosion and economic modernisation…. Anatolia and the Ottoman Empire attracted the interest of photographers from the 1850s onwards and there are several other volumes of pictures available, but this book is surely destined to be among the most popular, not least because of its very reasonable price.’
Reader’s review, Amazon.co.uk

‘This book resurrects the legacy of a photographer who was all but forgotten… it records these sites from Anatolia and Mesopotamia from a period when often they were standing, visible… The most surprising element is the artistry of these photographs that is a joy to view and study… This book, a hundred years after the affair, fully restores Hayne’s reputation’
Craig Encer, Anglo-Turkish Society

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