Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War

Seven months after the start of the US war in neighboring Iraq in 2003, Kevin Bubriski was on two magazine assignments in Aleppo, Syria. At this time of conflict, he sought out assignment work in Syria because he wanted to photograph the deep cultural history there and the human face of Syria, its ordinary people and their daily lives. After his assignments in Aleppo he stayed on in Syria to photograph independently throughout the northern early Christian Dead Cities, the basilica of San Simeon, the Christian pilgrimage sites of Serjila, al Bara, Kharab Shams, Mushabak, Baqirha, Qalb Loze, Resafe, early Islamic sites near Raqqa, and the ancient Roman trade cities of Apamea, and Palmyra. He remembers the absolute solitude of being in these ancient cultural sites with only his Syrian guide.

Monumental Arch, Palmyra,Syria 2003_4_1Kevin Bubriski’s fine art photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Bubriski is a recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. Bubriski’s books include Portrait of Nepal (Chronicle Books, 1993), Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero (powerHouse Books, 2002, Nepal 1975-2011 (Radius Books and Peabody Museum Press of Harvard University 2014) and Look into My Eyes: Nuevoamericanos 1981-83 (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2016) and Legacy in Stone: Syria Before War (powerHouseBooks 2019). Bubriski is an Associate Professor of Photography at Green Mountain College.

Wed, April 3rd, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Hollander Hall 241