Some of you are, I know, already aware that the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman (ACOR) has had my photographic archive for a couple of years, and a dedicated team has been hard at work digitizing all the medium format transparencies and 35mm slides – of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan…
And it is not just my collection that has been donated to ACOR – there are also photographs by a number of other people, whose work shows various parts of the Middle East (but especially Jordan) over the past few decades, many images showing clearly the changes that have occurred at many sites. Some show positive changes (e.g. the results of archaeological excavation and conservation); others show the less positive effects of unrestrained human intervention, or the deterioration of neglect.
All these images are available for free use by scholars for their work, or (for a fee) for commercial publications. If you would like to have a look at information about the archive as a whole, please go to https://photoarchive.acorjordan.org/.
To be taken direct to access the images, go to https://acor.digitalrelab.com/
And if you would like to read something specifically about my collection, please go to https://photoarchive.acorjordan.org/?p=461.
I am enormously grateful to ACOR in general, and to the archive staff in particular, for grasping this project and giving the photographs from all sources – which might otherwise have mouldered in filing cabinets – a new lease of life as a historical record of places of great cultural and natural significance. The photos also record changing landscapes and urban development, and indicate the importance of maintaining specialist human manual skills for the conservation of our precious cultural heritage.
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