COLLEZIONE FOTOGRAFICA DI ARCHITETTURA E TOPOGRAFIA ROMANA
ARCHITECTURE AND TOPOGRAPHY OF ROME AND OF THE ROMAN WORLD
Nash, Ernest (1898-1992)
1936 - 1992
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Fototeca Unione was created and enlarged by Ernest Nash as a center of visual research in ancient Roman architecture and topography. The photographs taken by Nash beginning with his first visit to Italy are considered an important visual resource for the study of ancient monuments. Over the years, while Nash was the Director of the Fototeca Unione, the original collection focusing on Rome and ancient Italy was augmented by photos of archaeological sites throughout the Roman Empire (many of them taken by Nash himself) and of medieval monuments. When high quality photographs of sites existed in other established archives, authorized reproductions were occasionally included, both from external archives and from collections preserved at the American Academy in Rome. A selection of Nash's most important photographs was used in his publication Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome (1962). In 1979 - 1982 the collection, already internationally well known, was made more accessible through its reproduction in microfiche, which could be consulted in major university libraries. A selection of the Roman photographs is on display through the interactive website The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome.
Ernest Nash, born in 1898 near Potsdam, came to Italy in 1936. Here he developed his two great interests: the study of the architecture of ancient Rome and the practice of photography. He set out to record remains in Rome and in other archaeological sites, such as Pompeii, Ostia and Herculaneum. In 1939 he was forced to emigrate to the United States because of Italian racial laws. In 1952 Nash moved back to Italy, where he died in 1974.
ARRANGEMENT AND PROCESSING INFORMATION
The photographic prints are organized topographically by site in alphabetical order. The entire collection has been digitized.
The original collection donated by Nash to the International Union of Institutes of Archaeology, History and History of Art numbered 3,135 negatives and 1,500 photographic prints. After the death of Nash in 1974, Karin Einaudi was named the Director of the Fototeca Unione and she continued the meticulous management and oversaw the expansion of the collection respecting Nash’s intentions and spirit. The Fototeca Unione grew until 1992, from 14,000 to over 30,000 negatives with new photographic campaigns in Italy, North Africa and the Middle East The American Academy in Rome has housed this collection since 1956.
Ca. 30,000 photographic prints of various sizes. Ca. 30,000 negatives (6 x 6 cm and 9 x 12 cm).
The Photographic Archive is open by appointment.
Contact Photo Archive
Requests for commercial use and high resolution images and other professional services must be sent to the Academy's Photo Archive.
American Academy in Rome
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