Anthropology on Film

The fusion of two of my favourite things, photography and anthropology, have come together at the Saab Medical Library in Beirut, with an archive of images taken on anthropological field trips in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan by faculty and staff from the American University of Beirut.

Taken in the 1920’s and 1930’s, they capture the faculty and staff at leisure and in the field, as well as the surrounding communities and landscapes.

A02-12-01 A02-39-02 Old Tennis Court Syrian desert, 24 April 1935

Collected and at times captured by Tamir Nassar, they encompass scenes of family and professional life, urban and rural landscapes, architecture and transport, old and new.

Al-Aqaydat bedouin tribe in the Syrian desert on 28 April, 1935. Al-Aqaydat bedouin tribe, in Sheikh Ali's camp, 1935. Al-Aqaydat bedouin tribe, these photos were taken during our visit to the tribe in the Syrian desert on 28 April, 1935.

Both fascinating (days of yore!) and disconcerting (anthropological practices and perceptions left quite a bit to be desired) by turns, albums 1-4 can be found here.

One comment on “Anthropology on Film

  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany
    April 29, 2014

    20`s & 30`s! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaah 🙂

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