Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940

South Gallery

June 24 - September 13, 2014

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Senegalese soldiers, commanded by the officers of the French expeditionary force, at their garrison, Syria, 1940
8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Close-up of Foreign Legion soldiers at their outpost, Syria, 1940
9 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Foreign Legion engineers of the Pioneer garrison, commanded by the officers of the French expeditionary force, c.1940
10 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

British colonial troops, including Irish Cameron Highlands troops with Indian marching troops, as they march past the Great Pyramids, 1940
7 x 9 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Syrian family walking on the road past the walled-in, beehive-shaped houses of this old Phoenician city, c.1940
10 1/8 x 13 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

View of 11th century cemetery at Bab Zgher on southeast side of the city, Damasus, Syria 1940
10 x 13 3/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

The great columns of the Temple of Jupiter in ruins, c.1940
13 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Syrian men playing an unidentified game while sitting on the street, c.1940
10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Women with children and Bedouin camel cavalrymen walking on street of desert village in which garrison, Post Veillotte, is located, Syria, 1940
9 3/4 x 13 3/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Algerian engineers of the Pioneer garrison, commanded by officers of the French expeditionary force, 1940
10 1/4 x 13 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Egyptians sitting around in front of building with Germany for Holidays travel poster c.1940
10 x 14 3/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Members of the native Bedouin camel cavalry, commanded by the French expeditionary force, posing on their she-camel mounts in desert near Damascus, Syria, 1940
10 1/4 x 13 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940 2014 howard greenberg gallery

Women carrying water containers on their heads as they lead mules along the road outside native Bedouin camel cavalrymen´s garrison, Poste Veillotte, in desert village near Damascus, Syria, 1940
9 5/8 x 13 5/8 inches
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940

Press Release

In 1940, seven months before the United States entered World War II, LIFE magazine sent photographer Margaret Bourke-White, the first female photojournalist, to the young republic of Syria in order to document its pivotal role — culturally, geographically, militarily — in the region. The exhibition will survey more than 15 photographs taken by Bourke-White, which landed her a featured photographic essay. The Syrian assignment for Bourke-White is illuminating in the context of today’s civil war and Syria’s major position both in the Middle East and on the global stage. The photographs on view are the vintage prints used for the production of the magazine.