In his series ‘Before They Pass Away’ photographer Jimmy Nelson created these beautiful and powerful portraits of secluded tribes from around the world whose cultures are at risk of fading away.
Old photographs of lumberjacks posing in front of their cut down giant redwood trees during the timber-rush of the mid 19th century in Yosemite National Park and Humboldt County, California / photographs courtesy of Corbis and A.W. Ericson/Humboldt State University Library
Ancient City of Petra, Jordan by Candlelight, photographed by Andrew Waddington
Beautiful black and white photograph of the John Hancock Building during construction, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) Chicago, IL, in 1970 / captured by famous modernist architecture photographer Ezra Stoller / photo courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Photograph of the giant sliding hangar gates of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, location of the Berlin Airlift of June 1948 / unknown photographer
Fascinating monochrome black and white photograph taking during the construction of the Hoover Dam turbine 1931-1936, commissioned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the height of the Great Depression in the US.
/ unknown photographers
‘al fared palace’ by Mohammed Assiri
/// Nabataean city, Saudi Arabia
Rock hewn Qasr al-Farid tomb at Nabataean city.
On an arid plain in northern Saudi Arabia, the forlorn figure of Qasr al-Farid, “the Lonely Castle,” rises four stories tall not far from the center of the ancient Nabataean city of Hegra. Despite its fanciful modern name, Qasr al-Farid is a tomb, albeit an unfinished one, cut out of a sandstone outcrop sometime in the first century A.D. It is one of 93 such monumental tombs carved here during the heyday of the Nabataeans.
Beginning in the second century B.C., these Arabic-speaking nomads dominated the long-distance caravan trade that brought incense and aromatics from South Arabia to the Mediterranean, eventually growing wealthy and settling in a network of cities that featured Hellenistic architecture. Besides developing a writing system that eventually became the Arabic script, they are best known for their capital, Petra, in present-day Jordan, famous for the facades that adorn entrances to buildings hewn from solid rock. But there is much more to the legacy of the Nabataeans than Petra.
Here, at an oasis at the foot of the Hedjaz Mountains, in what is today the Saudi Arabian province of al-Madinah, Nabataean elites and commoners left traces of life far from the capital. Despite being the kingdom’s second city in terms of size, Hegra was a remote outpost of Nabataean culture and power. Founded sometime in the second century B.C., the city was almost 300 miles from Petra, on the southern fringe of the kingdom. Spread out over six square miles, Hegra (whose name means “rocky tract”) was composed of a residential core of mud-brick buildings surrounded by sandstone outcrops wwith four necropolises featuring the kind of rock-cut tombs made famous by Petra. But no one would mistake Hegra for Petra; the stark, open landscape is a sharp contrast to Petra’s canyons, and even the style of Qasr al-Farid’s facade—four carved pilasters with two on either side of its entrance, a departure from conventional Nabataean design—is a hint that things were different on the frontier. ( text: Eric A. Powell)
Vintage photograph of a large suspension bridge with one side open for a large stream of pedestrians crossing the bridge in Michigan, USA, 1973 / unknown photographer
Orava Castle, Slovakia / photographed by Grzegorz Formicki
Photograph of a narrow canyon leading to the mystical Rose-Red City of Petra in Jordan / unknown photographer
Photograph of the breathtaking USS Macon (ZRS-5) , an airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting / unknown photographer
from the exhibition “The Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922-33”
photographs by Richard Pare
From the Mid-Week Pictorial, this experimental “Zeppelin on wheels” (or Schienenzeppelin) arrived at a station in Hanover, Germany. It went into service in 1931 and that June set a railway speed record. Safety and reliability concerns prevented it from being mass-produced, however. It was dismantled in 1939. Photo: The New York Times
Ivan Unger and Gladys Roy playing tennis
on the wings of a flying airplane in 1927
Dense city fabric of ancient Jerusalem. Photo by Daniel Giebeler