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
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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.

Lens on Syria is available in Paperback ($29.99) and Hardcover ($49.99)


304 pages, 9″ X 9.5″
Published September 2016
ISBN 9781682570074