It’s with great sadness that I read of the destruction of parts of Aleppo in the fighting that has engulfed Syria. Tragically, the Souk, a World Heritage site, has been badly damaged. It is almost ten years to the day that I photographed Aleppo on assignment for British Airways Highlife Magazine. I liked Aleppo – and indeed Syria – very much. The Baron Hotel was then a decaying but beautiful nod to a more glamourous and decadent past while the Souk was dark, mysterious and wonderful. I still have a bar of olive oil soap from a stall there and as I smell it now, Aleppo comes back to me.



Syria – Aleppo – The view into Aleppo from the Citadel


Syria – Aleppo – Men walk though the ancient Souk in Aleppo


Syria – Aleppo – A woman in the Souk


Syria – Aleppo – A boy working on a stall in the Souk


Syria – Aleppo – Two men in a hammam in the Souk


Syria – Aleppo – The Citadel reflected in a shop window


Syria – Aleppo – A man walks the narrow alleyways behind the Souk, darkness bisected by pools of brilliant sunlight


Syria – Aleppo – A waiter carries drinks into the bar of the Baron Hotel, a favourite haunt of stars and politicians of the early twentieth century