The Ruins of Palmyra, Captured in Vintage Photographs
An album of 47 photographs offers a
glimpse at how Palmyra, Syria, looked 150 years ago. It includes views of Palmyra’s 3,000-foot-long colonnade, the tombs
bordering the city, and the Temple of Bel and the Temple Baal Shamin,
both of which have been reportedly destroyed during the Syrian war.
The negatives were made by Louis Vignes, a French naval officer who was trained by famed photographer Charles Nègre, and the prints by Nègre himself.
The album recently joined the collections of the Getty Research Institute.