The University of Chicago’s Middle East Photograph Archive

If you’re ever in the Windy City and you get a sudden hankering for old photographs of the Middle East (hey, it could happen), then head over to the University of Chicago library to check out their collection of historical Middle East photos. But even if you’re not in town, you can see the entire collection online. The archive contains over 400 pictures dating from the 1870s to the 1930s, a period when the invention and development of photography happened to coincide with a European fixation on the Middle East. The collection is especially strong in images of Egypt, but there are also pictures from Turkey, Lebanon, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran and India. Here’s a brief sampling of some of the images:

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