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September 2, 2017 - No Comments!

Limited Edition Chauvet Portfolio to support the Ancient Art Archive

I have selected 12 images for a portfolio of prints to help support the Ancient Art Archive. Each image is limited to 12 prints each. Once they are sold there will be no more. The images are approximately 21" x 33" on 2 x 4-foot paper.

Go here to see all the images and purchase.

I'll be showing six of these prints in Oxford next month as part of a lecture at the
Saïd Oxford Business School on September 13. The talk is free but registration is required. Go here for details.

-Stephen Alvarez

April 16, 2017 - No Comments!

“They are speaking…We are grappling with ways to try and hear their words.”

Stephen Alvarez shooting in Chauvet cave, France

A few weeks ago the wonderful Kate Parish wrote a fantastic piece about the Ancient art Archive for the Sewanee News (here).

One of the things we are doing with the Archive is trace humanity's spread across the planet. As we expanded out of Africa and into the what was then a new world we recorded what was important to us on rock and cave walls across the planet. It is the history of the first people, our people, told in the first person.

UT anthropologist and board member Jan Simek wonderfully sums up what we hope to accomplish.

“They are speaking, we are not able to listen to them just yet. We are grappling with ways to try and hear their words.”

It is a long haul, looking at all these sites across the planet and trying to help tease out that first story. But using new imaging and modeling techniques we have already begun to tease out new threads to this story.

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January 5, 2016 - No Comments!

Shooting the Lion Panel of Chauvet

The Ancient Art Archive all grows out of a National Geographic Magazine story. I wrote about that experience for the NG Proof blog and I've reproduced that text below. What I couldn't envision at the time is how images can be repurposed. The model above is constructed entirely of images I shot for a panorama of the lion panel. At the time I had not even heard of photogrammetry or even dreamed of building 3 dimensional models.

From the January 5, 2015 NG Proof Blog

At our core, people are visual communicators. Nothing has ever confirmed my faith in that like seeing the ancient art in the cave of Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc in Ardèche, France. Read more