Sunday, November 21, 2010

Adventurer's photos capture a bygone Mecca

Adventurer's photos capture a bygone Mecca

By Barry Neild for CNN
November 18, 2010 -- Updated 1954 GMT (0354 HKT)
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Audio slideshow: Traveller photographs Mecca in 1885
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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
(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.

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