Finding Aid for views of Algeria and Algerians, circa 1870-circa 1890

Finding aid prepared by Beth Guynn

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.

Publication Rights

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.

Container List

Box 1

95.R.14-1 Race track, Beni Mora in Desert

Scope and Content Note

Written on verso.
Box 1

95.R.14-2 Portrait of a man with hand tucked in sash

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Box 1

95.R.14-3 Veiled woman, full length portrait

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Box 1

95.R.14-4 Veiled woman, three-quarter length portrait

Scope and Content Note

Title devised by cataloger.
Box 1

95.R.14-5 2488 Caïd de Biskra

Scope and Content Note

In negative.
Box 1

95.R.14-6 Constantine

Scope and Content Note

Title written on mount.
Blindstamp on mount below image: J. Geiser. Photographie Algerienne. Peinture et Photographeur de S.M. L'Empereur, 1 rue Neuve Mahon, 1 Alger.
View of Constantine from below with large haystack in middle ground.
Box 1

95.R.14-7 ND. Phot., 223 Tlemcen, Intérieur de la Mosquée de Sidi Bou Médine

Scope and Content Note

In negative.
Box 1

95.R.14-8 Algérie Pittoresque, Hôtel d'Orient, Portier Phot - Alger

Scope and Content Note

Caption printed on mount.
Includes a small image of prize medals.