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Aux Origines de la Photographie en Turquie

Our April-May 2010 exhibition showcases a large group of salt prints by english photographer James Robertson. The photographs were found in an album apparently put together by a French Army or Navy officer who served in Turkey and later in Crimea, Indochina and China.

We believe the photographs in the album are early examples of Robertson's work from 1853 or 1854 before his association with Beato. None of the signed prints have the double signature Robertson & Beato and one of the prints shows a tent near a fountain which we haven't seen in other similar photographs. The album also included 3 drawings, one of which is dated July 1854.

The first page of the exhibition gives a short biography of Robertson in french, english and turkish and a bibliography is available below.

Scanning salt prints proved difficult and the results vary but we tried to describe the condition and contrast as well as possible when the scans are very different from the actual prints.

- Bridget & Heinz Henisch, « James Robertson of Constantinople : a chronology » History of photography, vol 14, n°1, 1990
- Bahattin öztuncay, James Robertson, Pionnieer of Photography in the ottoman Empire, Eren, Istanbul
- Images d’Empire, Aux origines de la photographie en Turquie. Collection Pierre de Gigord, textes de Gilbert Beauge et Engin Cizgen. Edition Institut d’Etudes Françaises d’Istanbul, 1993

A new exhibition is added every 2 to 3 months, depending on our inventory and new acquisitions.
The subjects we plan to showcase next are anonymous snapshots, World War II Japanese propaganda photos and preWWI aviation.


Le Mont-Blanc: Tourisme et Photographie - January 2010

Les Freres Seeberger: Regard sur la France de l'Entre-deux-guerres - November 2009

19th Century Photographers Business Cards - September 2009

Vieilles Tiges & Aeronauts Autographs - July 2009

Droles d'Oiseaux ~ Silly Birds - April 2009

Floral and Botanical Still Life - January 2009

Vienna Aristocracy in Charity Play - Atelier Adele

Jules Richard, Jean Agelou - La Magie du Relief

Charles A. Lindbergh, the Lone Eagle in Belgium

Early Theatre Portrait Gallery - December 2007

Dialogue de Sourds - October 2007

Flying Pioneers: Pre-WWI Aviation - July/August 2007

Early Operatic Portrait Gallery - May 2007

French Aeronaut in Pre-Soviet Russia - March 2007

Childhood on the Lower East Side - January 2007

Racing Driver Memories, 1909-1913 - November 2006

French intervention in Mexico, 1862-1867 - September 2006

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