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5th December 2019: EVANS MEMORIAL LECTURE - Pictures Painted by the Sun: Photographing Jordan 1985 - 2015

Jane Taylor

5th December 2019, 4pm, British Museum BP Lecture Theatre

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Photographing Jordan for three decades, both from the air and at ground level, Jane Taylor has documented several of the dramatic changes that have taken place in the country. Many archaeological sites have been transformed from heaps of rubble into comprehensible (and often magnificent) monuments; others have been crowded around with modern industrial or residential development. At the same time, with an eye to the future, there has been some meticulous conservation of buildings, wall paintings and other elements of the rich heritage of this beautiful but vulnerable corner of the earth.  
This talk will look at some of these transformations, during a period of unprecedented challenges, including finding water resources for a rapidly increasing population, and the successive waves of refugees for whom this small country has provided sanctuary.

Aerial View of Machaerus and the Dead Sea, looking towards the West Bank. Photograph courtesy of Jane Taylor

About the speaker
After an MA in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University, Jane Taylor taught history, then became a publisher before moving into television research and production. Alongside this she was travelling, writing books and photographing, and in 1989, when her first Jordan book appeared (High Above Jordan), she moved to Amman for one year – which somehow extended to 2015. 
Her other books are Testament to the Bushmen (with Laurens van der Post, 1984); Imperial Istanbul (1989, new edition 2007); Petra (1993; new edition 2004); and Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans (2001, new edition 2012); Yemen: Land and People (text by Sarah Searight, 2002); Jordan Images from the Air (2005); and (with Isabelle Ruben) Beyond the Jordan: Baptism, Prophecy and Pilgrimage East of the River Jordan (2011).

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