Category: middle east

A falconer with peregrine falcon and rifle in …

A falconer with peregrine falcon and rifle in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, December 1949/January 1950. Photo by Wilfred Thesiger. The tuft of feathers stuck in the business end of the rifle is to prevent sand from clogging it up.

(Pitt Rivers Museum)

Cairo, Egypt, 1959. Photo by Eliot Elisofon. (…

Cairo, Egypt, 1959. Photo by Eliot Elisofon. (Smithsonian)

The 590-foot-high Cairo Tower on Jazīrat az Is…

The 590-foot-high Cairo Tower on Jazīrat az Island, Cairo, Egypt, 1965, photographed by Eliot Elisofon.

The Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman, 1949, photog…

The Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman, 1949, photographed by Wilfred Patrick Thesiger.

(Pitt Rivers Museum)

August 24, 1965 – Orbiting high above Earth, N…

August 24, 1965 – Orbiting high above Earth, NASA’s Gemini 5 capsule passes over the Red Sea between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. (NASA/ASU)

Where Egypt meets the Red Sea, as seen from th…

Where Egypt meets the Red Sea, as seen from the Gemini 4 spacecraft, June 5, 1965. (NASA/University of Arizona)

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1959, photographe…

The pyramids of Giza, Egypt, 1959, photographed by Eliot Elisofon.

(Smithsonian)

Postcard showing the ancient amphitheater at P…

Postcard showing the ancient amphitheater at Palmyra, Syria, 1980s.

(British Museum)

Al Khazneh (The Treasury) at Petra, Jordan, ci…

Al Khazneh (The Treasury) at Petra, Jordan, circa 1839, illustrated by David Roberts. 

(Library of Congress)

The Al-Khazneh temple at Petra, Jordan, courte…

The Al-Khazneh temple at Petra, Jordan, courtesy of the British Museum.