Adventurer's photos capture a bygone Mecca
November 18, 2010 -- Updated 1954 GMT (0354 HKT)
(CNN) -- He was an adventurer, a scholar, and possibly a spy -- but as Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje proved with his rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca, he was also a pioneering multimedia journalist.
- Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje visited Mecca in 1885 taking photos and making sound recordings
- Sepia images show city has changed almost beyond recognition in many ways
- Snouck lived a colorful life, converting to Islam and fleeing accusations of theft