James Hyman Gallery is pleased to present 'Travellers in Antique Lands', an exhibition of some of the earliest photographs of ancient civilisations that span from the Mediterranean to the Holy Land.

The exhibition takes its title from a phrase in Percy Bysshe Shelly's famous sonnet Ozymandias (1818), which presents ancient ruins as a metaphor for the fall of dictatorships and the transience of power. It will include photographs of crumbling monuments, desert scenes, ancient sculptures and excavations across the Middle East.

Included are many of the most famous pioneers of early photography: James Anderson, Giacomo Caneva, Maxime du Camp, J. B. Greene, Eugene Le Dien & Gustave Le Gray, Giorgio Sommer, Emile Pecarrere, Felix Teynard and Louis Vignes.