From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

Photographs of the Rumeli Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid 19th century to 20th century

October 20, 2006 - January 7, 2007

From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul — Photographs of the Rumeli Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid-19th to the 20th century is comprised of works by photography masters who practiced their art in Istanbul from the end of the 19th to the early years of the 20th century. The unique selection from The Suna and İnan Kıraç Collection of Istanbul Photographs reveal the magnificent structures, the daily life and the intriguing personalities of a past Istanbul.

Istanbul has evolved into an industrial city and an enormous metropolis: its silhouette, architecture, vehicles, bridges, quays, streets and public spaces have attained an entirely different appearance. Masters such as James Robertson, Félice Beato, Pascal Sébah, Polycarpe Joaillier, Abdullah Brothers, Guillame Breggren, Bogos Tarkulyan, Mihran İranian and Gülmez Brothers, not only document the nostalgic images of the city during their time, but also took us along a pleasant journey extending from Karaköy to Rumelifeneri through photographs taken with the difficult and onerous techniques of the time.

From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

From Konstantiniyye to Istanbul

Photographs of the Rumeli Shore of the Bosphorus from the mid 19th century to 20th century was comprised of works by photography masters who practiced their art in Istanbul from the end...

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

Ali Sami is born in Rusçuk in 1866, and moves to İstanbul. Because his family is registered in the Beylerbeyi quarter of Üsküdar, Ali Sami is also called Üsküdarlı Ali Sami. He graduates from the Mühendishane-i Berri-i Hümayun in 1866 and becomes a teacher of painting and photography at the school.

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

Berggren acquires the techniques of photography in Berlin and holds different jobs in various European cities before arriving in İstanbul. Initially en route to Marseille, he disembarks from his ship in 1866 and settles in İstanbul, where he is to spend the rest of his life.

A Photographer’s Biography Pascal Sebah

A Photographer’s Biography Pascal Sebah

Following the opening of his studio, “El Chark Societe Photographic,” on Beyoğlu’s Postacılar Caddesi in 1857, the Levantine-descent Pascal Sébah moves to yet another studio next to the Russian Embassy in 1860 with a Frenchman named A. Laroche, who, apart from having worked in Paris previously, is also quite familiar with photographic techniques.