Yesterday I attended a most enjoyable private view of the new exhibition In and Out of the Nile Valley at the Petrie Museum UCL. Earlier this year the Petrie Museum launched the Petrie Museum Friends 25th Anniversary Photographic Competition. From 300 entries 17 prizewinning photographs were selected for the exhibition, each responding to personal experiences and inspirations of Egypt and the Nile Valley.
I was asked to be one of the judges for the competition and it was an enjoyable evening looking at all the entries and selecting the winning images, and quite a challenge to draw up a shortlist of the two photographs to be selected and exhibited in each category.
Of all the shortlisted photographs it is Study Group taken by David Cook during a visit to Luxor Temple that really stood out. The more I looked at Study Group the more I was drawn into its subtlety of palette, composition, and painterly quality. It is an optimistic image of girls, education and Egypt today.
Exhibition runs from Thursday 18 July – October 6th 2013
Tuesday-Sat 1-5pm at
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, University College London,
London WC1E 6BT