Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two Incredible Portraits -- Rabbi and Young Woman, 1889

Jew from Jerusalem (1889)

The Library of Congress collection of photos from the Holy Land includes several collections by other photographers.  

An Arab Jewess (1889)
One such photo-grapher was the Italian-born Tancrede Dumas who opened a studio in Beirut in 1860 and filmed throughout the Middle East until 1890.

We present two of his portraits today.

Can anyone identify either of the two?


  1. I can't identify them, but the dress the young woman is wearing is a keswa kbira, which is AFAIK, distinct to the Moroccan community. What amazing images!

  2. It says "Damas" on the woman picture, so, Damascus.