Ecochard: Aleppo Album

Michel Ecochard compiled a series of albums, some on particular projects or work themes, others more focused on particular places. Attached to the Service des antiquités in Syria in 1932, he managed a range of restoration projects of Islamic monuments in Aleppo in the 1930s and 1940s as well as developing an urban plan reorganizing the entry to Aleppo via the route de Damas and constructing a sports stadium.

The Aleppo album illustrates work he had undertaken in the city and more generally his interest in its history and archaeology. For the most part it is composed of his own photography; occasionally there are images from colleagues such as Jean Sauvaget as well as state authorities, and copies of some postcards. Moreover, it demonstrates his interest in photography in general and the influence on planning that his interest in aviation and aerial photography would have. He has given brief captions to pages where necessary. Included in this album are:

1. Citadel of Aleppo

2. Jami' al-Bayyada

3. Jami' al-Utrush

4. Jami' Altinbugha

5. Khanqah al-Farafra


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