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.
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