A Syrian Journal

by Olga kravets


 

A 2015 reportage from inside the regime-held areas of Syria. After more than two months of wait­ing, Olga Kravets was gran­ted the regime per­mis­sion to come to Syria for two weeks in Septem­ber 2014 and was able to visit Dam­as­cus, Homs, Maaloula and Krak de Che­va­liers.

 
Damascus, 2015, A car is parked under the banner depicting the map of Syria.

Damascus, 2015, A car is parked under the banner depicting the map of Syria.

Damascus, 2015, Men hang out in a shop in the Old City of Damascus.

Damascus, 2015, People walk by the market street leading to the Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus in the Old City.

Damascus, 2015, People walk by the market street leading to the Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus in the Old City.

Damascus, 2015, A burnt car in the downtown Salhiya district of Damascus, a day after a mortar fell on the street, launched from the rebel-held area.

Damascus, 2015, A burnt car in the downtown Salhiya district of Damascus, a day after a mortar fell on the street, launched from the rebel-held area.

 
From the very first day, I couldn’t escape the sur­real feel­ing of being inside John Steinbeck’s 1948 A Rus­sian Journal pro­duced in col­lab­or­a­tion with Robert Capa. A minder, a feel­ing of loneli­ness inside a lux­uri­ous hotel, ruins of Homs instead of ruins of Stal­in­grad – there were just too many coin­cid­ences. I pho­to­graphed days and nights, know­ing what a rare chance I got and also kept a diary which I used as a basis for this short story.
— Olga Kravets
Damascus, 2015, A car with two young men in it is parked next to the so-called Martyrs Garden in the Alawi-dominated neighborhood of al-Zahra in Homs. On the wall behing, thousands of pictures of the Syrian Army soldiers and members of the National Defence who were killed.

Damascus, 2015, A car with two young men in it is parked next to the so-called Martyrs Garden in the Alawi-dominated neighborhood of al-Zahra in Homs. On the wall behing, thousands of pictures of the Syrian Army soldiers and members of the National Defence who were killed.

Homs, 2015, Old Clocktower Square in the city centre of Homs.

Homs, 2015, Old Clocktower Square in the city centre of Homs.