Orientalist Photography

The Museum stages an exhibition on 19th-century orientalist photography. At that time, foreign travel to the Middle East experienced a boom. Some of the classic stopovers on these tours were Athens, Beirut, Damascus, Jerusalem and Constantinople. The popularity of this type of travel was enhanced further by the then still relatively new technology of photography, which increased the allure of such journeys for those who had stayed at home. The selection of photographs from the Ruth and Peter Herzog collection on display is a series of historically important works. Special focus is on archaeological sites in the Middle East.