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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Views of Algeria
    Date (inclusive): circa 1860
    Number: 93.R.122
    Physical Description: 8.0 photographic prints
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Collection of views showing native and colonial structures and habitation in provincial Algeria.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Alary & Geiser was a photographic firm of long standing in Algiers. The business was possibly begun by Lucien-Jacob Geiser (1810-1852), an ébeniste by trade, who immigrated to Algeria from Switzerland with his wife Julie and three sons in 1850. Jean-Baptiste Antoine Alary (1810-c. 1867), an early daguerreotypist, probably became involved with the business after the death of Geiser père. Eventually the youngest Geiser son, Jean-Théophile (1848-1923) became involved with the business, running it into the 1920s.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Views of Algeria, circa 1860, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 93.R.122

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1993.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection of mounted and captioned black and white albumen photographs features exterior views of French colonial Algeria. Two views show the oasis town of Laghouat, featuring mud brick walls, houses, mosques in the town and palm trees in the oasis; one image depicts a group of Arabs meeting at the oasis. A view of an Arab camp near Boughari shows tents beneath a huge rock formation. The effects of colonialism on the landscape and on cities is visible in several images: one shows a French house along a stream in the Gorge de la Chiffa, a popular tourist destination; a panoramic view of Tlemcen depicts the countryside and the city, including both French buildings and the minaret of the Great Mosque; another panoramic view illustrates the small colonial settlement scattered around the hills at Miliana.
    Five mounts have the blindstamp: Alary & Geiser, Alger. The collection includes one print captioned "Tlemcen" and "Bois de Boulogne" in different hands; the photographer and actual site are unknown. The captions are transcribed from the original mounts.


    No discernible original order; arranged by cataloger.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Colonial--Algeria
    Vernacular architecture--Algeria

    Subjects - Places

    Algeria--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original--19th century


    Alary & Geiser