What started as a travelogue has turned into a collection of photographs documenting pre-war Syria.

"Lens on Syria" provides a glimpse into life prior to the outbreak of civil war in 2011.

Photographer and author Daniel Demeter provides a colorful record with more than 400 of his 30,000 images captured while living in Syria from 2006 to 2009.

While in Atlanta for a speech at The Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Daniel Demeter talked with 11Alive's Melissa Long about the rich history he chronicles in his new book.

PHOTOS | Life in Syria before Civil War