ISTANBUL / BOSPORUS: Bosphore
Author: Mihran IRANIAN (fl. 1890s).
Place and Year: [Istanbul, circa 1895].
Technique: Albumen print (19,5 x 25 cm), pasted on original card (32 x 38,5 cm), photographer's credit and title in negative (very good, card slightly used on the corners with wo age-toned tape marks).
A scarce view of the Bosporus was made in the last years of the 19th century by Mihran Iranian. The view embraces the peninsulas on the European side with a view of Rumeli Hisarı on the end, and across the Bosporus the Asian side with Adile Sultan Palace, later Kandilli Anatolian High School for Girls – the first public school for girls in the Ottoman Empire.
Mihran Iranian was an Istanbul-based photographer of Armenian origins, who established his studio in Pera in 1891. Four years later, in 1895, he entered a partnership with another photographer, called Gugasyan, and already in 1900 his business started to decline. Comparing to the other Armenian photographers, not much is known about Iranian and only about 300 of his photographed motifs survive today.
References: Iranian, Mihran. Lusadaran. Armenian Photography Foundation (http://lusadaran.org/artists/mihran-iranian/).
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