Lens on Syria
A Photographic Tour of Its Ancient and Modern Culture
by Daniel Demeter
Foreword by Joshua M. Landis
Daniel has a wonderful eye for the people, the landscapes and for the beauty of [Syria’s] extraordinary range of historic buildings.Ross Burns, author of Monuments of Syria
Lens on Syria
Thousands of remarkable monuments and relics fill the land of Syria from the coast of the Mediterranean to its desert borders, dating back to the dawn of human history. The sites include: Bronze-Age ruins, Roman temples and necropolises, churches and monasteries from the early Christian and Byzantine eras, Muslim forts and mosques, Crusader castles, and many more. When conflict broke out in 2011, these treasures were put at great risk and in subsequent years, many were destroyed in battles—some were even the intentional targets of extremists.
Daniel Demeter’s photos make up one of the most important recent collections of photographs concerning the cultural heritage in Syria. These pictures reflect his love and knowledge of Syria and its heritage as well as perfection of photography.Dr. Abdalrazzaq Moaz, Senior Scholar at Bonn University; Former Director-General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria
From 2006–2009, American photographer Daniel Demeter traveled broadly throughout Syria, documenting the country’s warm and kindhearted people, vibrant markets, exciting landscapes, archaeological sites, historic monuments, and religious architecture. In seven chapters organized by region, Lens on Syria offers a unique visual experience of pre-war Syria and serves as an invaluable record of the country’s long history, rich heritage, and diverse culture.
- Foreword (by Joshua Landis)
- Author’s Introduction
- Ch.1 Damascus
- Ch.2 Southern Syria
- Ch.3 Homs and Hama
- Ch.4 Eastern Syria
- Ch.5 Aleppo
- Ch.6 Northern Syria
- Ch.7 The Coast
It is important that all who knew Syria before 2011 keep alive the memory of a society whose interwoven pattern of faiths, ethnicities and cultures is now threatened.
–Dr. Lamya Khalidi, Near-Eastern archaeologist with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and CEPAM laboratory, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis
-Alastair Northedge, Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Lens on Syria is available in Paperback ($29.99) and Hardcover ($49.99)