Red Sea Monasteries, Egypt
After Thomas Whittemore founded the Byzantine Institute in 1930, he led an expedition to Egypt to conduct studies of wall paintings at the Coptic Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul near the Red Sea. The team included the architect Oliver Barker, the painter Vladimir Netchetailov, the photographer Kazazian, and the epigrapher Alexandre Piankoff. This inaugural project lasted through early 1931. For more information about the early activities of the Byzantine Institute, see and the .