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

"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...

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Author / Creator: Sheehi, Stephen, 1967- (Author)
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Princeton University Press, publisher.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
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Summary:"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 Featuring extensive previously unpublished images, The Arab Imago shows how native photography played an essential role in the creation of modern Arab societies in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon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"--Publisher's description.
Item Description:Description based on print record and online resource (A&AePortal, viewed on July 2, 2019).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xxxix, 220 pages) : 76 illustrations (black and white), portraits
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-220) and index.
ISBN:9780300249774
0300249772
9780691235356
069123535X
0300249675
9780300249675