Athens, Ga. – Forty original photographs capturing the discovery and excavation of the majestic 15th-century Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru by explorer Hiram Bingham 100 years ago will be on display at the University of Georgia through Jan. 24.
The National Geographic exhibit, on the Tate Student Center Art Wall (located on the concourse between the original building and its expansion), is free and open to the public. The display features rare photos-many of them taken by Bingham himself-of the explorer’s South American expeditions from 1911 – 1915. They represent the world’s first view of the pre-Columbian mountaintop refuge, considered one of the world’s most important archaeological finds.
Bingham, then a young Latin American history professor at Yale University, cleared, mapped and photographed the so called “lost Incan city” during three expeditions to Peru funded by National Geographic and Yale.
The UGA exhibit presents a sampling of Bingham’s panoramic black and white photographs of the intricate stonework, portraits of workmen and scenes along the route to Machu Picchu. The exhibit is sponsored by the Consulate General of Peru in Atlanta, in conjunction with the UGA Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and local businesses.
For more information, see www.lacsi.uga.edu.