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Three Jerusalemite Boys Posing on a Road with Their Arms Linked

Three Palestinian youths in Jerusalem, sometime between April 19, 1921, and May 19, 1923


Frank Scholten, The Frank Scholten Photographs Collections, Leiden University Libraries

Frank Scholten was an artist born into a devout Catholic family from Amsterdam who traveled to Palestine in 1921–23 as a self-funded amateur photographer. He traveled around the country, including in Jerusalem, and amassed a large volume of work, including diverse scenes of daily life in Palestine at that time, which was a period of transition from Ottoman rule to British. His goal was to illustrate the Bible, filling a gap that he identified, as the Bible and religion generally had not hitherto been a subject for photography. In the process, he also shot many landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits such as this one.