SYRIA, The exhausted oasis

The heart breaks when each international newscast opens with smoking images, the smell of war and people fleeing from a world tinged with blackness and death. Syria, just a few years ago, was a country of spectacular beauty, oblivious to the passage of time and where history and culture were leaving their traces of dignity, but the Arab spring has frozen our hearts. More than 270,000 dead and half of its 22 million inhabitants calling for help at the gates of Europe.

The images were made in September 2010, just a few months before the barbarism began. They enclose the magic of photography to stop time and return us to a Syria in peace. A halo of hope, which today the verses of the writer Mark Twain claim more than ever, "... No remarkable event has happened in the world without Damascus being there to record it. However far back in the past, Damascus is always there erected on the worn bones of thousands of empires, it will contemplate as many graves before dying. " The Innocents Abroad 1869.