One of history’s most famed documentary photographers; Harry Burton made a name for himself documenting Howard Carter’s Tutankhamun excavation during the 1920s. During his time with Howard, Harry took 1400 images of the move, 142 of which were published in The Times in 1923, helping make Tutankhamun into an international sensation.
The film explores key locations in Burton’s life in the UK and Egypt, and sets Burton’s famous black-and-white images of Howard Carter’s Tutankhamun excavation, alongside beautiful colour prints and cine film shot by Burton himself that had been forgotton.
BBC Four’s documentary follows the team, led by Margaret Mountford and contemporary photographer Harry Cory Wright, as they stage creative photographic experiments to discover the secrets of Burton’s art, re-creating the make-shift studio and dark room that Burton set up by the Pharaoh’s tomb, to reveal how he produced his iconic images.
Burton immortalised some of the most iconic moments of the 20th century, and besides recording the progress of the archaeology, his images capture the mystery, drama and excitement of one of the great archaeological discoveries of the century.
The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun, Wednesday, 9pm – BBC Four