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The Secret

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1925 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keighley, Alexander, born 1861 - died 1947 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carbon print

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case XRP, shelf 356

Physical description

Monochrome photograph mounted on card depicting a group of three men waering keffiyeh standing in a circle on a cobbled street, one of the men appears to be whispering into the ear of another. On the right of the image are three stone archways and on the left of the image further figures are passing under another stone archway.


1925 (photographed)


Keighley, Alexander, born 1861 - died 1947 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Carbon print

Marks and inscriptions

'Royal Photographic Society/ Alexander Keighley Collection 1948/ Title: The Gorge/ Process: Carbon Date: 1925/ No. 49'
Printed label completed in ink on verso.


Width: 500 mm mount, Height: 396 mm mount

Descriptive line

Photograph by Alexander Keighley, 'The Secret', carbon print, 1925


Carbon process; Photography


Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society; Street life


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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