Émile Béchard's photo album "Oriental Studies" is comprised of 68 albumen prints, approximately 10¾ x 7⅞ inches (27.2 x 20 cm.), each of which is signed ‘Béchard’ and numbered in sequence 1–68. The photographs were taken in Cairo, Egypt during the 1870s. Portraits include ‘types’ such as shopkeepers, street merchants and dancers. Béchard was active in Cairo from 1869 until 1880 where he specialized in photographing Egyptian subjects in an orientalist style.
In addition to Oriental Studies, the Bechard digital collection contains 21 albumen prints of archeological sites, temples, and ruins around Luxor and Aswan. Predominate sites are Karnak and Philae.