Thanks to the gracious staff at the Museum of Idaho, magazine staffers were allowed oodles of time to capture the full gamut of historic riches in the groundbreaking exhibit of the ancient boy king. As everyone kind of knows, the tomb of Tut was awash in gold. So much of it, in fact, that the intricate details of the pieces get visually crowded out. We couldn't help but wonder how this display would look in monochrome. (Click HERE for slideshow on our new photo blog.)
We took a number of still shoots, all captured in raw, and replaced the color profile with b&w, then added in some sepia to give a more vintage feel. Does it LOOK better than the originals? Hard to say. If it teases your visual cortex off the color and onto the texture, then it’s mission accomplished.
For our video on the exhibit, click here.
With over 131 pieces displayed of the pharaoh’s sacred and personal possessions, along with associated artifacts from the period surrounding Tutankhamen’s reign, this exhibit reconstructs both the historic discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter and the life and times of Egypt’s most celebrated boy-king.
The exhibit is display through Nov. 24.
An innocent puppet-ruler, Tutankhamun had been caught in the midst of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history. Hidden in darkness beneath the desert sand for over three millennia, his spectacular golden treasures were finally brought to light with their discovery by Howard Carter in 1922, to begin fulfilling their ancient magical task of ensuring that the name of Tutankhamun, the long-forgotten boy pharaoh, would live forever.
Ten years in the making, from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this dazzling collection of reproductions of Tutankhamun’s legendary treasures recreates in all its glory the richest archaeological find of all time.
For more information about the exhibit visit www.museumofidaho.org.