Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Through the American Colony Lens: GRAF ZEPPELIN OVER JERUSALEM

The view here is looking eastward across the Old City, the vantage point a rooftop, or perhaps the city wall, in the Christian Quarter. The large gray dome (bottom) is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; beyond that the distinctive … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: ONE MAN’S GIFT TO JERUSALEM

The subject of this American Colony photograph is a seemingly undistinguished public building in West Jerusalem, newly erected in the late 1920s. While the architecture is not that interesting in itself, the life and contributions of the man behind it … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: A TREE FIT FOR A PRINCE

I FIRST ENCOUNTERED this image while helping with a publication project of American Colony/Eric Matson photographs several years ago. Asked to write background notes for hundreds of Jerusalem pictures, I at first could only scratch my head over this one, … Continue reading

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Yes, It’s a War

When violence flares in the land that was my home home for so many years, it’s distressing, of course, and not always easy for people to fathom. But the truth is: the violence is there perennially, underneath most people’s radar, … Continue reading

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Through the American Colony Lens: PHOTOGRAPHERS AT WORK

Among the 22,000-plus images of the U.S. Library of Congress’ Matson Collection, only a handful actually show the Colony’s Photo Department personnel at their craft. The reason is simple: They were usually right where they were supposed  to be–behind the camera, or … Continue reading

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The Bridge That Never Was

The inspiration for this post is an image I was pointed to — several months ago now — by Rachel Lev of MuseumWorks, the lady who has been overseeing development of an on-site archive at Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel. The materials involved … Continue reading

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“Jerusalem” — Coming Soon to a Theater Near You (hopefully)

Here’s an update to a previous post of mine a couple of years ago. The “Jerusalem” IMAX/3D movie, now under the National Geographic banner, is slated for initial release in September 2013, to be shown in museums, science centers and … Continue reading

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