About me: I’m Christina Riggs. I am a historian of art and archaeology – and a historian of photography, because without photography, neither archaeology nor art history would exist in the way we think of them today.

At the age of 10, I wanted to be an Egyptologist and learn all about Ancient Egypt. Done that. Now I’m more interested in how Egyptology came to do what it does (and doesn’t) do, and how people in different times, at different places, have imagined, studied, depicted, displayed, and, yes, photographed something we call ‘Ancient Egypt’.

I work at Durham University in the northeast of England, where I am Professor of the History of Visual Culture in the Department of History. You can see some of my academic writing and journalism on academia.edu and https://www.lrb.co.uk/contributors/christina-riggs. Follow me on Twitter, too: @photograph_tut