Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

From Medina to Jordan Border, Saudi Arabia

2003

Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 257 x 334 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Acquisitions Committee 2012
Reference
P80061

Display caption

As the title suggests, the series depicts the disappearing landscape of the Hejaz Railway in Saudi Arabia. Constructed under Ottoman rule at the beginning of the twentieth century by German engineer Heinrich Meissner, the Hejaz Railway was intended to connect Damascus to Mecca. However, due to the outbreak of the First World War this goal was never achieved and the railway only reached Medina. During the First World War, it was attacked and destroyed by Bedouins working with T.E Lawrence. Following the fall of the Ottoman Empire the railway was never reopened.

Gallery label, July 2012