Temple of Baal, Palmyra
I took this photograph in 2009 not knowing that these unique rosettes would be destroyed when ISIS dynamited Palmyra’s Temple of Baal in August 2015. Fortunately, France’s Musée d’Archéologie is one of the institutes involved in the ancient city’s restoration, and this and other of my photographs of the site are now included in its archive.
PS: If a photograph is the ghost of a moment in time, in this case, it is also effectively the afterlife of these items of cultural heritage. (more…)