View from the Bridge, Constantinople, Turkey


This photochrome print showing a view of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) from the Galata Bridge is part of “Views of People and Sites in Turkey” from the catalog of the Detroit Publishing Company (1905). The large building in the top left of the image is the Suleymaniye complex. Built in the 1550s for Sultan Suleyman I, the complex is composed of 15 sections, including an imperial mosque, madrasahs, and mausoleums. According to the 1911 edition of Baedeker’s The Mediterranean, seaports and sea routes: Handbook for Travellers, the Galata Bridge spanning the Golden Horn between the Stambul and Galata districts of the city was “originally built of timber in 1845, and called Sultan Valideh Bridge after its founder (the ‘sultan’s mother’), and was rebuilt in 1877.… It affords beautiful views of Galata and Stambul, of the Bosporus and the Asiatic coast, while its busy and picturesque traffic presents scenes of endless variety.” Between the Galata Bridge and an older bridge was the inner commercial harbor of Constantinople, where voyagers are “struck with the busy harbour scenes and the picturesque appearance of the crowded Oriental quarters rising from the banks.”

Publication Information

Detroit Photographic Company, Detroit, Michigan

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color


  • The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. This innovative process was applied to the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market. The firm became the Detroit Publishing Company in 1905.
  • Print no. "6192".

Last updated: February 12, 2016