Damascus A Photographic Journey 1840-1918
Book ID: 35979
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” Damascus was and still the them of many historians, travellers, poets, archaeologists, and scholars in different field. I do think that 19th century photography of the city is still one of the subject that needs more research and documentation.
This book is divided into three chapters and a selection of photographs. The first is a brief introductory description of the history and topography of Damascus, and its major sites, markets, buildings, public baths, etc. The second is a chronological and biographical survey of the photographers of the city. The third and final chapter is entitled “Orientalist Photography”; it is a critical essay discussing the European political background and commercial interest that drove many photographers to travel to Syria or to establish studios there for business reason.” (Introduction).