Syria. Bedouins on the Desert


This photograph of a scene in Syria is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The photograph depicts Bedouins with their horses and camels. Bedouins are Arabs who traditionally have been nomadic herders in the deserts of the Middle East, including the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and the countries of North Africa.

Last updated: May 29, 2013