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Abdullah frères
Istanbul Photographs Collection
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1880
1 box and 1.3 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of an open collection of photographs of Istanbul [Constantinople] and surroundings, most of which are by the Istanbul photography firm of Abdullah Frères.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of 22 mounted albumin prints (8"x10") of Istanbul [Constantinople] and surroundings, partly with numbering and name of photograhers in the negative and with handwritten German descriptions on the mounts. Sixteen are by Abdullah Frères. Included are city views, architectural sights (mosques such as Hagia Sophia), the Golden Horn, street scenes, and small villages outside the city.

Collection Creator Biography:

Abdullah frères

The Ottoman Armenian brothers Vhichen (1820–1902), Hovsep (1830–1908) and Kevork Abdullah (1839–1918) operated a famed photographic studio in Istanbul from 1858 to 1900, when they sold the firm to Sébah and Joaillier. Known by their French name Abdullah frères (Abdullah brothers), they became official royal photographers to the Ottoman Sultan in 1863, and had the right to use the royal monogram. Between 1866 and 1895, they also had a branch studio in Cairo.

Collection History


Purchased from Antiquarian Banzhaf in 2001. AM2001-102.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Istanbul Photographs Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1