Presented as "Les Chrétiens d'Orient", it's an exhibition of pictures taken from the friars of the Domenican order & Co. during their missions in Middle East.
As I said, the pictures come from the archives of the École Biblique et Archéologique Française of Jerusalem, and they cover the period of the Dominican missions in the Middle East: photographical reports of the life of Christians native of Palestine, Jordania, Lebanon and Iraq.
The "adventure" of these missions started in the XIX century, when scholars and missionaries approached the matter with the excitement of investigating the people who shared the cultural background of Jesus, and then developed into a study in archaelogical and antropological interest.
All the pictures of the exhibition were taken by the friars themselves, so they are not professional shots, but you can still feel the vivid interest and curiosity for these people so different yet to similar to us, and all the derived suggestions.
For example, when I see such shots in such locations, I can't help but thinking about the same very places where Christianism had its very origin--
This is an extremely interesting picture portraying the construction of the basilique of Saint George in Lebanon.
A picture showing a procession in Palestine:
This is an interesting shot: it portrays a boy who's wearing Franciscan clothes according to a vow made by his mother:
A picture of two boys practicing "English boxe" in an Italian oratory:
To attend a Christian school or to become a seminarist meant entering in contact with the Western culture.
Here's a lovely picture of the seminarists before taking part in a French play:
Another popular activity was that of the musical band:
The musical band took part in every celebration or event of the city, not just religious ones, but also to greet politics or ambassadors from foreign countries and the like.
In the second picture you see the boys during an excursion. Some of them brought their instruments over, a sign of how much they loved them.
In this shots you can see the "making" of the famous oranges of Jaffa:
In the end, I want to end this short but -I hope, pregnant post with a picture of a living "nativity scene":