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The Arab imago : a social history of portrait photography, 1860-1910

Author: Stephen Sheehi
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The birth of photography coincided with the expansion of European imperialism in the Middle East, and some of the medium's earliest images are Orientalist pictures taken by Europeans in such places as Cairo and Jerusalem--photographs that have long shaped and distorted the Western visual imagination of the region. But the Middle East had many of its own photographers, collectors, and patrons. In this book, Stephen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Sheehi
ISBN: 9780691151328 0691151326
OCLC Number: 920469687
Description: xxxix, 220 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Histories and Practice. An empire of photographs : Abdullah Frères and the Osmanlilik ideology --
The Arab imago : Jurji Saboungi and the Nahdah image-screen --
The carte de visite : the sociability of new men and women --
Writing photography : technomateriality and the verum factum --
Case Studies and Theory. Portrait paths : the sociability of the photographic portrait --
Stabilizing portraits, stabilizing modernity --
The latent and the afterimage --
The mirror of two sanctuaries and three photographers --
Epilogue: On the cusp of Arab Ottoman photography.
Other Titles: Social history of portrait photography, 1860-1910
Responsibility: Stephen Sheehi.

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The birth of photography coincided with the expansion of European imperialism in the Middle East, and some of the medium's earliest images are Orientalist pictures taken by Europeans in such places as Cairo and Jerusalem--photographs that have long shaped and distorted the Western visual imagination of the region. But the Middle East had many of its own photographers, collectors, and patrons. In this book, Stephen Sheehi presents a groundbreaking new account of early photography in the Arab world. The Arab Imago concentrates primarily on studio portraits by Arab and Armenian photographers in the late Ottoman Empire. Examining previously known studios such as Abdullah Frères, Pascal Sébah, Garabed Krikorian, and Khalil Raad, the book also provides the first account of other pioneers such as Georges and Louis Saboungi, the Kova Brothers, Muhammad Sadiq Bey, and Ibrahim Rif'at Pasha--as well as the first detailed look at early photographs of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. In addition, the book explores indigenous photography manuals and albums, newspapers, scientific journals, and fiction. Featuring extensive previously unpublished images, The Arab Imago shows how native photography played an essential role in the creation of modern Arab societies in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon before the First World War. At the same time, the book overturns Eurocentric and Orientalist understandings of indigenous photography and challenges previous histories of the medium.

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