Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Pierre de Gigord collection of photographs of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey
Date (inclusive): 1852-1950
Gigord, Pierre de
72.0 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
Over 6,000 photographs collected by Pierre de Gigord document the Ottoman Empire and its transformation into the Republic
of Turkey, ca. 1852-1950. Included are pamphlets and offprints regarding photography in the Ottoman Empire.
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Pierre de Gigord, a French business man who has lived and worked in Asia, assembled his photograph collection over a period
of more than 12 years.
Open for use by qualified researchers. The collection is partially cataloged.
Pierre de Gigord collection of photographs of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, The Getty Research Institute,
Los Angeles, Accession no. 96.R.14.
Acquired from Pierre de Gigord, 1995-1996. A supplement of 53 photographs, including 16 cartes-de-visite and 12 views of Istanbul
by James Robertson, was received as a donation from Gigord in late 1996.
Scope and Content of Collection
Over 6,000 photographic images form a visual archive of the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey, ca. 1831-1950. The collection
focuses on cultural and urban images, mainly of Istanbul, but also of other cities and towns in Turkey, with a few images
from Egypt, Greece, and India. The collection is supported by pamphlets and offprints regarding photography in the Ottoman
The collection comprises photographic images in various sizes and formats, including cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards, stereographs,
glass plates, and panoramas. Many photographic prints are mounted in albums, others are on loose pages.
Photographic techniques include albumens, autochromes, collotypes, ferrotypes, opaltypes, salted paper prints, as well as
gelatin silver prints.
Photographers include Ali Sami, Hamdi Bey, A. Svoboda, Sébah & Joaillier, Pascal Sébah, Amadeo Preziosi, Abdulluh frères,
Apollon (Firm), the Scottish photographer James Robertson, Pierre Trémaux, Ernest de Caranza, the archaologist Jules Delbert,
A. de Moustier, and Ferrier, among others.
Note: Collection is cataloged at the item level through most of Series II, through half of Box 81*. Series III-XI are partially
and minimally cataloged.
The collection is arranged in 11 series, by lot numbers (and size) as received from Gigord:
Series I. Albums, large format, 1852-1920
Series II. Photographs on loose mounts, ca. 1870-1920
Series III. Albums, various formats, 1880-1935
Series IV. Panoramas, 1854-1890
Series V. Pièces particulières (individual items), 1854-1929
Series VI. Cabinet cards and cartes-de-visite, 1860-1940
Series VII. Glass plates, 1850s-1915
Series VIII. Stereographs, 1850s-1910
Series IX. Miscellaneous collections, 1890-1950
Series X. Documentation
Series XI. Supplement, ca. 1865-1900
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Topkapi Palace (Istanbul, Turkey)
Subjects - Topics
Cities and towns--Egypt
Cities and towns--Turkey
Railroads--Turkey--Buildings and structures
Subjects - Places
Ephesus (Extinct city)
Hierapolis (Turkey : Extinct city)
Laodicea ad Lycum (Extinct city)
Genres and Forms of Material
Dry collodion negatives
Gelatin silver prints
Salted paper prints
Ali Sami, 1866-1936
Berggren, G. (Guillaume), 1835-1920
Caranza , Ernest de
Ferrier, Claude Marie, 1811-1889
Goupil & Cie
Léon & Levy (Firm)
Moustier, A. de
Preziosi, Amadeo, 1816-1882
Robertson, James, 1813-1888
Sebah & Joaillier
Svoboda, A. (Alex)
Sébah, J. Pascal
Trémaux, P. (Pierre)