As many of the community were interested in photography, and they saw potential
with the tourist market, photography became a business. The images that the
group took are today the largest collection of photographs of Eretz Yisrael
dating from the first half of the 20th Century.
The American Colony: Photographs of Eretz Yisrael and its Surroundings,
an exhibit at the Eli Lamberger Israeli Museum of Photography, in the Tel-Hai
Industrial Park, offers a retrospective of the images taken by some members
of the community, including Hol Lars Larsson and Eric G. Matson.
The photographs on display at the
exhibition are taken from the turn of the century through 1934 and give an
accurate presentation of life in that period. The colony photographers were
able to document such events as the locust plague in 1915, World War I scenes,
and the surrender of Jerusalem to the British in 1917.
Additionally, the photographers managed
to travel and document life in Syria, Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, Sinai and Egypt.
They were successful in photographing many aspects of the region: the holy
and the secular, landscapes, historic sites, archeology and contemporary
Text by M. Kaplan-Green. Photographs
courtesy of Eli Lamberger Israeli Museum of Photography.