General view of the ruins of Palmyra. Palmyra, Syria. 1966. - George Rodger Print – Magnum Photos

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In 1966, George Rodger traveled to Lebenon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus, commissioned for a book, The Ancient Cities of the Middle East, during which time he shot this image of Palmyra, Syria, an ancient trading city. Notably, roughly one year later in 1967, the Arab coaltion decisively lost to Israel in the Six Day War, which created stirrings of a political vacuum that was partially inhabited by fundamentalist militant Islam. During the Syrian Civil War, in 2015, Palmyra came under control by ISIS, who destroyed many of the archaeological buildings and considerably damaged the surrounding area.

After capturing the blitz in London, photographer George Rodger became a war correspondent for the magazine Life. He won eighteen campaign medals covering Free French activities in West Africa, and went on to document the war front in Eritrea, Abyssinia and the Western Desert. In 1947, Rodger was invited to join Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and William Vandivert in founding Magnum.

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A man on horseback passes as he would have when Palmyra was originally a trading city in the first century AD.


In 1966, George Rodger traveled to Lebenon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus, commissioned for a book, The Ancient Cities of the Middle East, during which time he shot this image of Palmyra, Syria, an ancient trading city. Notably, roughly one year later in 1967, the Arab coaltion decisively lost to Israel in the Six Day War, which created stirrings of a political vacuum that was partially inhabited by fundamentalist militant Islam. During the Syrian Civil War, in 2015, Palmyra came under control by ISIS, who destroyed many of the archaeological buildings and considerably damaged the surrounding area.

After capturing the blitz in London, photographer George Rodger became a war correspondent for the magazine Life. He won eighteen campaign medals covering Free French activities in West Africa, and went on to document the war front in Eritrea, Abyssinia and the Western Desert. In 1947, Rodger was invited to join Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and William Vandivert in founding Magnum.

We are here to help. Please let us know if you have any questions about this or any other Magnum prints. You can contact one of the following print sales associates.

LONDON & NEW YORK
Chelsea Jacob
chelsea.jacob@magnumphotos.com
T: +44 20 7490 1771

PARIS
Christina Vatsella
christina.vatsella@magnumphotos.com
T: +33 1 53 42 50 44

Shipping advisory

We advise on a delivery period of up to 3 weeks for your print. If you would like your print sooner, please contact your local print sales representative for stock information. Collectors prints will be listed at retail value for shipping purposes and customs duties on import are at your cost and not included in your Magnum purchase.