Scope and Content
Title: Yadgâr-i İstanbul : Constantinople photographs
First part of title transliterated from Ottoman Turkish.
Date (inclusive): between 1888 and 1910
Date suggested by years Pascal Sébah and Polycarpe Joaillier were associated and known as Sébah & Joaillier, beginning in
1888, and extending through ca. 1910.
Collection number: 94/276
1 album (20 photographic prints) : albumen, 16 x 22 cm (album)
Photographs (13 x 18 cm) are mounted on cards of heavy white stock (15 x 21 cm), one photo on each side. Captions, stock numbers,
and name of photographer or studio in negative along lower margin. Most of the photographs are signed "Sébah & Joaillier,"
with a few signed "P. Sébah."
Bound in red pebble-grain cloth boards, panelled in blind; title and publisher stamped in gold on upper cover; glossy white
Spec. Coll. copy: disbound; includes upper cover only, housed in white archival envelope; unbound photograph cards laid in
4-flap manila stock phase box; photographs and cover in modern beige cloth clamshell box, with spine label "Sébah & Joaillier.
Abstract: Souvenir album containing large mounted albumen prints of views of Istanbul, Turkey, published by the studio of Sébah & Joaillier,
between 1888 and 1910.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English and Turkish.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
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Restrictions on Access
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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
[Identification of item], Yadgâr-i İstanbul : Constantinople photographs (Collection Number 94/276). UCLA Library Special
Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Jean Pascal Sébah was trained in photography as a young boy of sixteen by his brother Cosimi, following the death of their
Syrian-born father, Pascal Sébah in 1886. Jean took over the studio in 1888, and entered into partnership with a Frenchman,
Polycarpe Joaillier; the studio became known as Sébah & Joaillier. Based in Constantinople, they were the official photographers
of the Sultan. According to the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, edited by John Hannavy, Sébah and Joaillier
came to be the chief "suppliers of evocative imagery to the increasing number of people who undertook the Victorian Grand
Tour" (see v. I, p. 1730-1734). Sébah & Joaillier continued in business until 1910 when Joaillier returned to France.
Scope and Content
In addition to the popular interior and exterior views of Saint Sophia mosque, the Sultan's mosque, and the Hippodrome, there
are photographs of the Galata Tower, the ferry docks in the Eminönü district on the south side of the Golden Horn, and street
scenes in the Scutari district on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. Street scenes include merchants peering from their
storefronts, a group of Turkish men in their native dress drinking small cups of coffee and smoking water pipes or hookahs,
and an old date merchant, a huge wicker basked strapped to his back, holding a scale used to weigh out his dates. Two of the
photographs feature a local cemetery and tall ornately engraved tombstones.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Ayasofya Müzesi --Photographs.
Mosques --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Obelisks --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Palaces --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Fountains --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Cemeteries --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Sepulchral monuments --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Bazaars (Markets) --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Hookahs --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Coffeehouses --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Turks --Clothing --Photographs.
Smoking --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Street vendors --Turkey --Istanbul --Photographs.
Istanbul (Turkey) --Photographs.
Istanbul (Turkey) --Buildings, structures, etc. --Photographs.
Galata (Istanbul, Turkey) --Photographs.
Eminönü (Istanbul, Turkey) --Photographs.
Büyükada (Turkey) --Photographs.
Üsküdar (Istanbul, Turkey) --Photographs.
Bosporus (Turkey) --Photographs.
Genres and Forms of Material
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Sébah, J. Pascal, photographer.
Joaillier, Polycarpe, photographer.
Sébah & Joaillier, publisher.