Past to Present
Türkiye’de fotografin öncüleri
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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