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Richard Pare

Sander Gallery

The production of Richard Pare, the British-born photographer, is multiple. Not only a taker of pictures, he is also their collector and commentator; Pare is a curator of photography for the Seagram Collection and for the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the author of two important books on the field—The Courthouse, A Photographic Document (1978), and Photography and Architecture. (1839–1939) (1982). Hence when, as in his recent exhibition, Pare approaches the topic of Egypt, focusing on its deserts, monuments, lush oases, and capital city, Cairo, it is with neither an untutored eye nor a neutral mind. For he cannot approach the task of encompassing Egypt, its architecture and landscape, unthoughtful of the 19th-century precedents established by Maxime DuCamp and Francis Frith.

In this remarkable series of color photographs, I think Pare is commenting on the possibility of a 20th-century

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