|John Whiting prior to 1917|
|Letter from "Lawrence of|
Arabia" to Whiting. Click
Fluent in Arabic, he was also a British intelligence agent.
At the request of the Turkish leadership, Whiting photographed the terrible locust plague that struck Palestine in 1915, a task that allowed him to travel throughout the country on the eve of World War I. A letter from T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") to "My dear Whiting" after the British capture of Jerusalem thanks Whiting for his activity in support of the
|From Whiting's photo diary: "Orthodox Jews returning from |
Western Wall first day of Passover, March 26, 1937."
The picture was taken inside the Jaffa Gate. One man
covered his eyes to avoid being photographed.
Around the same time Whiting was filming locusts in Palestine, an acclaimed Jewish agronomist Aaron Aaronson was traveling around the countryside doing his agricultural research. Aaronson was the founder of the pro-British NILI spy network working against the Turks. Historians have not found a link - yet - between the two men.
|"Auto with brooms to sweep away tacks thrown by strikers."|
Whiting's trip coincided with the "Arab Revolt," and some of the pictures reflect the conflict.
|Searches "immediately after bomb throwing at |
Spinney's market. Searching all passing through
Jaffa Gate breach" (1936). Also here
|Packing a stone from Solomon's Quarries for shipment|
to the United States (1937)
|Aftermath of flood in Syria, 1937. Mouaddamiyeh. |
Covered corpse, and searching for more.
|Jewish residents "Playing ball, Tel Aviv sands," March 1937|
|"Tel Aviv. December 1936. Modern grocery shop (Feast |
of Lights decorations)"