Carolyn Brown and Palmyra: An Ancient City Through the Lens

  • October 9, 2021 through January 2, 2022
  • Crow Museum of Asian Art, Dallas
Dallas-based photographer Carolyn Brown specializes in brilliantly composed images of architecture that also emphasize human presence and cultural heritage. In 1989 she traveled to the Syrian desert, making her first trip of many to the caravan city of Palmyra. Renowned in both the ancient and modern world, the monumental ruins reflect dynamic blends of cultures and traditions. In 1980 Palmyra became a UNESCO World heritage site, cementing its position as a place of invaluable significance not only to the global community, but also as a locus of national identity and pride for the Syrian people. In 2015 and 2017 the organization calling itself ISIS overran Palmyra and attacked people and monuments. Accompanying Carolyn Brown's images are images by New York Times photographer Bryan Denton that document the unfathomable destruction of the site. The result is a poignant record of the vulnerability of heritage. 
Carolyn Brown
Column capital from the Temple of Bel at Palmyra, 1989.
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