From Haaretz:

Hermann Burchardt, a 30 year old German Jew who had studied Arabic and Turkish, left his family business to travel around the world. He set-up base in Damascus to explore his passions of photography and ancient peoples.

When adventurer and photographer Hermann Burchardt arrived in Sana’a in 1901, he became the first person to chronicle this unique community’s way of life.

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Burchardt discovered in Sana’a a community of Jewish people who had been cut-off from the rest of the world. He stayed in Sana’a for a year and published the first ever photos of the Jewish community there. They were so popular in Europe that some were turned into postcards!