The Ravine, I, El Cantara, Algeria


This photochrome print of the plunging ravine at El Kantara, Algeria, is part of “Views of People and Sites in Algeria” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The town was described in the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and searoutes: Handbook for Travellers as “one of the most important caravan-stations in E. Algeria,” a place that owed its prominence and fame to “the grand gorge of the Oued el-Kantara, called by the natives Fumm es-Sahara (‘Mouth of the Desert’).” The ravine depicted in the photograph “suddenly emerges from a wild Alpine region, flanked by the red limestone rocks of Jebel Gaous and Jebel Essor, into a highly picturesque palm-oasis…and careers rapidly down to the Sahara.”

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Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

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1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "6231".

Last updated: September 4, 2013