Waiting rooms: abandoned Ottoman railway stations – in pictures


German artist Ursula Schulz-Dornburg headed to Saudi Arabia to photograph former railway stations, lost in the desert for decades.

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Dotting the landscape in Saudi Arabia are abandoned railway stations, which become ghostly, spiritually rich sites in Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s photographs. An exhibition alongside Taizo Kuroda is at Tristan Hoare, London, until 21 October.

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Schulz-Dornburg travelled to the Hejaz region to document the railway stations, which were built between 1900 and 1908 during the Ottoman empire.

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The railway ran for 1,300km between Damascus and Medina, but was destroyed during the uprisings against Ottoman rule in 1916 and 1917.

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Schulz-Dornburg, born in Berlin and living in Düsseldorf, has travelled the world, photographing places that are rich with heritage and memory.

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She went to Palmyra in 2010, to photograph a necropolis. The pictures are now excrutiatingly poignant in the wake of the damage inflicted on the city by Isis.

Source: The Guardian

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