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From Athens to Babylon: A Photographer’s Journeys of Discovery

A conversation between Professors Robert Ousterhout and Charlotte Roueché

March 30, 2017
Attendance costs £10. Booking is essential, as there is a limit of 30 places. RSVP and enquiries: +44 (0)20 7589 9473 or

John Sandoe Books, 10–12 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SR

We are very happy to announce a sequel to Professor Robert Ousterhout’s Palmyra lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society, London (Tuesday, March 28).

On Thursday, March 30 (6.30–8pm), the much-loved Chelsea bookshop John Sandoe Books (one of the few shops in the world to stock a complete set of Cornucopia) will host a conversation between Professor Ousterhout and Charlotte Roueché, Professor Emeritus of Digital Hellenic Studies at King’s College, London. They will discuss the work of John Henry Haynes, an all but forgotten 19th-century photographer.

In a groundbreaking book, John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881–1900 (£22.95), Professor Ousterhout rediscovers the father of American archaeological photography and records the drama and intrigue of his career.

A companion volume, Palmyra 1885: The Wolfe Expedition and the Photographs of John Henry Haynes (with B. Anderson) (£19.95), presents for the first time dozens of photographs Haynes took during a stopover at Palmyra in 1885 – long before the advent of tourism or the devastation of the Islamic State. In both books, Ousterhout assesses Haynes’s unique blend of artistry and documentation.

Wine, rakı and other refreshments will be offered. After the conversation, the author will be happy to sign copies of both books, which will be available to purchase.

This is the first such Cornucopia conversation in London, and we hope the first of many.

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