Various exhibitions featuring the photography of Harry Burton the man responsible for shooting the iconic photographs of the investigation of the tomb of King Tut in the 1920s are currently making their way around the US and Europe (or some of them are about to at least).
Theres a small showing at the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, the Semmel Replicas Exhibition is in Munich (it will also visit Barcelona, Hamburg, Budapest and Warsaw) and AEI King Tut exhibitions are upcoming in Indianapolis and San Francisco.
In case anyone is looking for advice on how to shoot Tut-related relics in the Burton-style, weve received some handy tips from Ted Forbes, the multimedia producer at Dallas Museum of Art, who was responsible for some of the fine Burton-esque shots show here when his workplace recently hosted a Tut exhibition.
Its all black and white film shot on 35mm, writes Forbes. I used a Canon A-1 and a Nikon F3. I had an 85mm lens on the Canon and a 50mm on the Nikon.
I went with 35mm because I had to be quick, he continues. No flash, I shot on Ilford Delta 400 developed in XTol I believe. Since it was pretty dark, I went with the 400 speed film and large apertures on the lenses (1.2 and 1.4 respectively). I only had an hour or so in the exhibit. Burton shot large format 4×5 and 8×10 I believe, but I think he got more than an hour.
Simple as that. Read more about Harry Burton and his work here.
Exhibition photographs (top and bottom) by Ted Forbes. All rights reserved.