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HomeContentsThemes > Syria - Syrian Arab Republic

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Information requests
142.01   Improving content on countries
Photographers
142.02   Pascal Sebah: Syria: Portraits
142.03   Ludovico Wolfgang Hart: La Syrie
142.04   Louis de Clercq: Syria
Places
142.05   Syria: Damascus
142.06   Syria: Palmyra
People
142.07   Syrians
Syrian Civil War (2011-)
142.08   Evidence of torture in Syria (2014)
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated.
 
  
Information requests 
  
142.01   Asia >  Improving content on countries 
  
We are seeking to extend the information and examples we can share on this country.
  • Earliest photographs
     
  • Key photographers and their studios
     
  • Major documentary photographic series
     
  • Significant historical events
     
  • Books, magazines and journals - including their covers
     
  • Photographic societies and associations - including outings and meetings
These points are indicative of topics that could be included on this page and if you have expertise you would like to share now is the time to get in touch.
 
If you are able to assist in any way it is appreciated.
 
  
Photographers 
  
142.02   Asia >  Pascal Sebah: Syria: Portraits 
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142.03   Asia >  Ludovico Wolfgang Hart: La Syrie 
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142.04   Asia >  Louis de Clercq: Syria 
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Places 
  
142.05   Asia >  Syria: Damascus 
  
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142.06   Asia >  Syria: Palmyra 
  
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People 
  
142.07   Asia >  Syrians 
  
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Syrian Civil War (2011-) 
  
142.08   Asia >  Evidence of torture in Syria (2014) 
  
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In January 2014 during the Syrian Civil War (2011-)[1] a confidential report prepared for Carter Ruck and Co. Solicitors of London on the evidence of torture by the Syrian regime was released.[2] The report was based on a sample of 55,000 images showing 11,000 deaths made available by a photographer[3] who took photographs to document the deaths of those held by the current Syrian regime of President Assad. Ten photographs were included in Appendix A which showed clear signs of emaciation and torture. The report concluded that the photographic evidence would support findings of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 
In a world of trillions of images and scattered media streams it would appear that the evidence of 11,000 deaths does not make the world skip a beat, as Fred Ritchin[4] wrote:
The release of this report on the death of thousands of executed detainees just as peace talks were beginning, and the report’s sponsorship by Qatar, a supporter of the rebels, can lead observers to want to relegate the imagery to no more than another volley in the attempt to claim the higher ground. While the existence of 55,000 photographs showing such barbarity would have previously been more than enough to strike a profound chord in the public conversation, perhaps viewers and governments alike are becoming habituated to such horror on a mass scale. Or perhaps we are now also aware that in the United States alone we regularly take more than 55,000 photographs every 15 seconds.[5]
 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ Syrian Civil War - Wikipedia
    (Accessed: 22 January 2014)
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_civil_war 
      
  2. Λ [Available January 2014], A Report into the credibility of certain evidence with regard to Torture and Execution of Persons Incarcerated by the current Syrian regime, Prepared for Carter Ruck and Co. Solicitors of London, 6 St Andrew Street, London, EC4A 3A
     
    The full report is online (January 2014)
    static.guim.co.uk/ni/1390226674736/syria-report-execution-tort.pdf 
      
  3. Λ In the report the photographer was codenamed "Caesar" for his own protection. 
      
  4. Λ Fred Ritchin is a professor at New York University and co-director of the Photography & Human Rights program at the Tisch School of the Arts. His 2013 book Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen (Aperture) addresses how documentary photography is viewed. 
      
  5. Λ Syrian Torture Archive: When Photographs of Atrocities Don’t Shock, Time, LightBox, The Backstory, Tuesday, January 28, 2014, By Fred Ritchin
    (Accessed: 29 January 2014)
    lightbox.time.com/2014/01/28/when-photographs-of-atrocities-dont-shock/ 
      

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General reading 
  
Badr El-Hage, 2001, Des Photographes a Damas, 1840-1918, (Grenoble, France: La Bouquinerie) [Δ
  
Vaczek, L & Buckland, G, 1981, Travelers In Ancient Lands: A Portrait Of The Middle East, 1839-1919, (Boston: New York Graphic Society) [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Francis Bedford 
  
Badr El-Hage & Gordon, Sophie, 2012, The Middle East in early photographs: Francis Bedford's royal tour of 1862, (London: Royal Collection) [Δ
  
Bedford, Francis, 1863, Photographic Pictures Made By Mr. Francis Bedford During the Tour in the East in which, by command, he accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, (London: Day & Son) [Δ
  
Félix Bonfils 
  
2000, In Arab Lands: The Bonfils Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, (American University in Cairo Press) [Δ
  
Gavin, Carney E.S., 1978, ‘Bonfils and the Early Photography of the Near East‘, Harvard Library Bulletin, vol. XXVI, no. 4 [Δ
  
Louis de Clercq 
  
de Clerq, Louis, 1860, Voyage en Orient 1859-1860, villes, monuments et vues pittoresques [Six volumes with 222 calotypes] [Δ
  
Maxime Du Camp 
  
Du Camp, Maxime, 1852, Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie [Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria], (Paris: Gide et J. Baudry) [Published in installments starting in September 1851] [Δ
  
Tancrède Dumas 
  
Hallote, Rachel; Cobbing, Felicity & Spurr, Jeffrey B., 2012, The Photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society, (Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research) isbn-10: 0897570987 isbn-13: 978-0897570985 [Volume 66] [Δ
  
Palestine Exploration Society, 1876, Catalogue of photographs: taken expressly for the American Palestine Exploration Society, during a reconnaissance east of the Jordan in the Autumn of 1875, (New York) [Photographs taken by Tancrède Dumas] [Δ
  
Maison Bonfils 
  
2000, In Arab Lands: The Bonfils Collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, (American University in Cairo Press) [Δ
  
Gavin, Carney E.S., 1978, ‘Bonfils and the Early Photography of the Near East‘, Harvard Library Bulletin, vol. XXVI, no. 4 [Δ
  
Susan Meiselas 
  
Meiselas, Susan, 1997, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, (New York: Random House) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

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Francis Bedford  (1816-1894) • Gertrude Bell  (1868-1926) • Margaret Bourke-White  (1904-1971) • Louis de Clercq  (1836-1901) • Tancrède Dumas  (1830-1905) • Ludovico Wolfgang Hart • Charles Lallemand • Lallemand & Hart • Maison Bonfils • Susan Meiselas  (1948-) • Henri Sauvaire • Underwood & Underwood
HomeGeographical regionsAsia > Syria - Syrian Arab Republic 
 
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HomeContentsOnline exhibitions > Syria - Syrian Arab Republic

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HomeVisual indexes > Syria - Syrian Arab Republic

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ThumbnailEdward L. Wilson: Scenes in the Orient 
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ThumbnailFelix Bonfils: Femmes musulmanes syriennes à Beyrouth. Costume de ville 
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ThumbnailFélix Bonfils: Souvenirs d'Orient 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
ThumbnailFélix Bonfils: Syria: Damascus 
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ThumbnailFélix Bonfils: Syria: Palmyra 
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ThumbnailFrancis Bedford: The Holy Land and Syria (1862) 
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ThumbnailFrancis Bedford: The Prince of Wales and his trip to the East (1862) 
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ThumbnailLouis de Clercq: Louis de Clercq: Kalaat el Hosn (Castle of the Knights, Syria) 
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ThumbnailLouis de Clercq: Syria 
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ThumbnailLouis de Clercq: Voyage en Orient 
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ThumbnailLudovico Wolfgang Hart: La Syrie 
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ThumbnailMaxime Du Camp: Egypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie 
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ThumbnailMaxime Du Camp: Nubie, Syrie: Paysages et Monuments 
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ThumbnailPascal Sebah: Syria: Portraits 
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ThumbnailUnderwood & Underwood: V33628 From the Orient Once Came the Finest Blades 
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   Geography 
  
ThumbnailSyria: Damascus 
ThumbnailSyria: Palmyra 
 
  
   Ethnic groups and races 
  
ThumbnailSyrians 
 
 
  
   Still thinking about these... 
  
ThumbnailEvidence of torture in Syria (2014) 
ThumbnailSyria: Kalaat el Hosn - Castle of the Knights 
 
  
Refreshed: 14 July 2014, 01:24
 
  
 
  
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