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A Passageway to the Dead
Photograph by Randy Olson

A local guide who lost sight in one eye after being attacked by looters during the 1991 Persian Gulf War is helped down the passageway in Ashur by another local man. Home to the patron god of Assyrians, the site's palace served as the religious capital of the empire and burial ground for Assyrian kings even after Nimrud replaced Ashur as political capital in the ninth century B.C.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Inside
Time of Day: Noon
Lighting Techniques: Fill-flash off camera



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