Professor Zainab Bahrani and her intrepid team from Columbia University's Art History Department devote themselves to photographing and cataloguing important historic sites in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, many of which are under threat from human sprawl, environmental factors and, in many cases, deliberate destruction. Over the years this team has taken thousands and thousands of images (each site will have over 100) which needed to be organized and presented in a way that 1) preserved the collection 2) made them accessible to the scholarly community and the public 3) made the case for why the preservation of these monuments is so important.
As much organizational as a design solution, this site presents the initiative on three levels. The first is a broad overview which lays out the project and states its importance; the second is a more thorough review of the history of the region and the monuments — we likened it to a survey course, "Monuments 101"; and third is a comprehensive catalogue of the images searchable by name, region, type of structure and time period. Specific locations are password protected so as not to abet those that would do harm.
Obviously, it was important to have the images themselves prominent throughout the site.