Image Archive and Research Platform for the Islamic, Ancient and Christian Orient

Photo archives

Erich Holm von Prosch (1909-1994) 

The geologist Dr. Erich Holm von Prosch was one of the few Europeans who worked in the 1950s in Northern Yemen for a longer period. During the reign of Imam Ahmad bin Yahya (1948-1962) he lived from 1954 to 1956 in Salif on the Red Sea with a group of geologists, geophysicists and topographers (C. Deilmann, Prakla) in a newly built camp to explore the possibilities of a successful search for crude oil in the Tihama.

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Eva Hoeck (1917-1995)

Dr. Eva Höck (1917-1995) can be considered as one of few female European 'Yemen pioneers'. She worked as s doctor in the Harem of the Imam in Taiz (North Yemen) and in Shibam, Hadramaut (South Yemen) in the late 1940s and 1950s. In Shibam she was able to build up the first hospital. About this time she published "Doctor amongst the Bedouins" (London 1962).

Read more: Archives Eva Hoeck

The Archive originated in 1980 as a research archive for Classical Archaeology, Byzantine Art & Architecture, soon followed by Islamic Art and Architecture: slides and black and white photos taken during various travels in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Central Asia. 

Later, also historical photo material of the Islamic Orient was collected, and due to the great changes in the Orient, images from the 1960s and 1970s can already be described as "historical".

Read more: Archives Joachim Gierlichs

Katharina Otto-Dorn (1908-1999)

The photo archives of the well known Islamic Art Historian Otto-Dorn, Katharina covers not only extensive educational material for teaching (reproductions) but also several thousand slides, photos and negatives, mainly from Turkey and Syria, taken in the 1950s and 1960s.

A strong focus is on slides and photos from the excavation (1965-66) of a Seljuk summer palace with figured tile decoration in Kubadabad on Lake Beysehir in Central Anatolia. A rarity are the slides and photos of the first and second campaign of the excavation in Resafa / Rusafat (Syrian desert) in the years 1952 and 1954.

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