Studio Portrait of Models Wearing Traditional Clothing from the Province of Iles d'Archipel (Islands of the Archipelago), Ottoman Empire


Pascal Sébah was a prolific and well-known Ottoman photographer who worked for both Ottoman and western clients. Sébah’s studio produced a number of collections of ethnographic and costume photos, some in important collaborations with the painter and archaeologist Osman Hamdi Bey. This photomechanical print is drawn from one such collaboration, a book entitled Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873 (Popular costumes of Turkey in 1873). This album depicting ethnic costumes from throughout the Ottoman Empire was commissioned by the Ottoman government for the 1873 International Fair in Vienna and was authored by Hamdi Bey and Victor Marie de Launay, an Ottoman official, amateur historian, and artist of French origin. The photo depicts the traditional costumes of (from right to left) a Christian resident of Magossa (Famagusta, Cyprus), a Christian woman of Magossa, and a Greek monk of the Monastery of Tchiko, near Lefke (Lefka, Cyprus).

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Studio portrait of models wearing traditional clothing from the province of Îles d'Archipel (Islands of the Archipelago), Ottoman Empire


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1 photomechanical print : photogravure

Last updated: January 8, 2018