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Finding Aid for views of Algeria and Algerians, circa 1870-circa 1890
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Views of Algeria and Algerians
    Date (inclusive): circa 1870-circa 1890
    Number: 95.R.14
    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: Studio portraits of indigenous people in elaborate dress and touristic destinations.
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    Language: Collection material is in French and some English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The photographs in this collection were taken in Algeria by various photographers, known and unknown, in the 1870s and 1880s.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Views of Algeria and Algerians, circa 1870-circa 1890, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 95.R.14

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1995.

    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

    Four of these eight albumen prints are studio portraits of indigenous people in elaborate dress. There is one portrait of a woman in billowing pantaloons and a long veil that covers her head and body, leaving only her eyes and forehead (decorated with a jeweled headband) showing. In a second portrait the woman has lifted the veil to reveal another veil underneath it, one covering her nose, mouth, chin and neck. Her elegant lace blouse and shining bracelets are also visible. The two other portraits are of men wearing turbans, sashes, and shawls. These portraits are apparently the work of a single unidentified photographer.
    Four photographs are of tourist destinations such as the city of Constantine (by Jean Geiser), the Hotel d'Orient in Algiers (by C. Portier), the interior of the Mosque of Sidi Bou Médine in Tlemcen (by Neurdein frères), and the racetrack at Beni Mora.
    Titles are as they appear in the negative, on the verso, or on the mount, as noted.


    No discernible original order; arranged by cataloger.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Colonial--Algeria
    Clothing and dress--Algeria
    Indigenous peoples--Algeria--Portraits
    Islamic architecture--Algeria

    Subjects - Places

    Algeria--Description and travel
    Algeria--Pictorial works
    Algiers (Algeria)
    Constantine (Algeria)
    Tlemcen (Algeria)

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints--19th century
    Albumen prints--Algeria--19th century
    Photograph albums--Algeria--19th century
    Photographic prints--19th century


    Geiser, Jean, 1848-1923
    Neurdein frères
    Portier, C.