Landmarks of Constantinople
Abdullah Frères, Constantinople. An Excellent Collection of 12 Photographs of Constantinople and Environs
Constantinople: Abdullah Frères, c. 1870
12 albumen photographs mounted on paper. Approx. 11 ½ x 8 ½ in. Excellent condition.
This splendid series of photographs documents the great buildings and sights of Constantinople including Beylerbeyi Palace, Hagia Sophia (interior and exterior), and Topkapi Palace. Each is a beautifully composed architectural study made with attention to detail.
These photographs were likely taken during the period when Abdullah Frères were official photographers to the sultan, who commissioned them to document the Ottoman Empire. The three Abdullah brothers were of Armenian origin. They ran the leading photographic studio in Constantinople from 1858 to 1900.