Finding aid for the Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album, circa 1867

Beth Ann Guynn

Descriptive Summary

Title: Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album
Date (inclusive): circa 1867
Number: 2017.R.17
Creator/Collector: Portier, C. (Claude-Joseph), 1841-1910
Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: An album of 29 photographs of Algiers and environs taken by Claude-Joseph Portier circa 1867.
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Language: Collection material is in French.

Biographical / Historical

The French-born photographer Claude-Joseph Portier (24 May 1841-9 May 1910) operated a photography studio in Algiers from the 1860s until some time after 1880 when his name disappears from the city directories.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2017.R.17.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 2017.

Processing Information

The finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2018.

Digitized items

Digitized by the repository in 2018. The images are available online:

Scope and Content of Collection

The album of 29 albumen photographs of Algiers and environs contains seventeen mounts bearing single photographs, followed by three mounts each bearing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs. The album opens with a view of Algiers as seen from across its bay. It is followed by views of the streets and mosques of the city. The last three of the single-image mounts contain an image of a robed man sitting under a tree alongside a country road; and two views of the Chiffa gorges, the second of which shows Portier's coach from the rear, bearing the address of his first studio at 7, rue Napéolon. The carte-de-visite-sized photographs at the end of the album are studio portraits of individuals identified as Algerian "types," such as "Maure d'Algérie" and "Juive," rather than by the sitters' names.
The album is quarter-bound in red morocco and red cloth with title gilt-stamped on the front cover. Seventeen mounts bear the photographer's imprint below the lower right corner of image: C. Portier, Phot. Fifteen of these mounts have French captions printed below the images. Three mounts, each containing four carte-de-visite-sized photographs, have printed captions beneath each image on the mount.


The archive is arranged in a single series: .Series I. Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Streets -- Algeria -- Algiers
Mosques -- Algeria -- Algiers
Indigenous peoples -- Algeria -- Portraits
Gorges -- Algeria -- Algiers

Subjects - Places

Algiers (Algeria) -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographs, Original
Studio portraits -- Algeria -- 19th century
Photograph albums -- Algeria -- 19th century
Cartes-de-visite -- Algeria -- 19th century
Albumen prints -- Algeria -- 19th century


Portier, C. (Claude-Joseph), 1841-1910

Container List


Series I. Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie Photograph Album, circa 1867

Claude-Joseph Portier Algérie photograph album (digitized version)

Scope and Content Note

The album contains 29 albumen photographs of Algiers and environs.


In original order.
box 1, item front cover

2017.R.17-fc Front cover

box 1, page front endpapers

2017.R.17-fe Front endpapers

box 1, page front free endpaper verso

2017.R.17-fe_v Verso of free front endpaper

box 1, page 1st blank recto

2017.R.17-bl1_r Blank page

box 1, page 1st blank verso

2017.R.17-bl1_v Blank page

box 1, page 1 recto

2017.R.17-1r Alger

box 1, page 2 recto

2017.R.17-2r Boulevard de la Républic

box 1, page 3 recto

2017.R.17-3r Rue de la Marine

box 1, page 4 recto

2017.R.17-4r Notre-Dame d'Afrique

box 1, page 5 recto

2017.R.17-5r Mosquée d'Alger

box 1, page 6 recto

2017.R.17-6r Mosquée Sidi-Abdheraman

box 1, page 7 recto

2017.R.17-7r Mosquée à Alger

box 1, page 8 recto

2017.R.17-8r Rue à Alger

Scope and Content Note

View towards a building with an octagonal tower.
box 1, page 9 recto

2017.R.17-9r Rue à Alger

Scope and Content Note

View looking up a street towards its steps.
box 1, page 10 recto

2017.R.17-10r Rue à Alger

Scope and Content Note

View of a narrow passageway between buildings.
box 1, page 11 recto

2017.R.17-11r Rue à Alger

Scope and Content Note

View of a hooded figure about to descend the stairs into a dark passageway.
box 1, page 12 recto

2017.R.17-12r Jardin d'essai

box 1, page 13 recto

2017.R.17-13r [View of an Empty Salon]

box 1, page 14 recto

2017.R.17-14r Intérieur

Scope and Content Note

View taken from the corner of a balcony looking across an interior courtyard.
box 1, page 15 recto

2017.R.17-15r [Man Sitting beneath a Tree at the Edge of a Road]

box 1, page 16 recto

2017.R.17-16r Gorges de la Chiffa

Scope and Content Note

General view across the gorges.
box 1, page 17 recto

2017.R.17-17r Gorges de la Chiffa

Scope and Content Note

View of Portier's photo van on the bend of a road going through the gorges.

2017.R.17-18r Algerian types

Scope and Content Note

Each page contains 4 carte-de-visite-sized studio portraits.
box 1, page 18 recto

2017.R.17-18r 18 recto

box 1, page 18 recto-1

2017.R.17-18r.1 Mauresque, costume de ville

box 1, page 18 recto-2

2017.R.17-18r.2 Mauresque, costume d'intérieur

box 1, page 18 recto-3

2017.R.17-18r.3 Maure d'Alger

box 1, page 18 recto-4

2017.R.17-18r.4 Arabe de la plaine

box 1, page 19 recto

2017.R.17-19r 19 recto

box 1, page 19 recto-1

2017.R.17-19r.1 Femme kabyle

Scope and Content Note

Woman wearing a rolled and padded headdress.
box 1, page 19 recto-2

2017.R.17-19r.2 Kabyle

Scope and Content Note

Flute player seated on a mat.
box 1, page 19 recto-3

2017.R.17-19r.3 Mulâtre

Scope and Content Note

Woman holding a flat basket in one hand with her other hand on her hip.
box 1, page 19 recto-4

2017.R.17-19r.4 Negro

Scope and Content Note

Man seated on carpet playing a stringed instrument.
box 1, page 20 recto

2017.R.17-20r 20 recto

box 1, page 20 recto-1

2017.R.17-20r.1 Juif

Scope and Content Note

Seated man holding his shoes.
box 1, page 20 recto-2

2017.R.17-20r.2 Juive

Scope and Content Note

Full-length portrait of a woman standing next to a chair.
box 1, page 20 recto-3

2017.R.17-20r.3 Mendiant

Scope and Content Note

Three young girls.
box 1, page 20 recto-4

2017.R.17-20r.4 Yaouled de place

Scope and Content Note

Two boys standing with their arms around each other's shoulders.
box 1, page 2nd blank page

2017.R.17-bl2 Blank page

box 1, page 3rd blank page

2017.R.17-bl3 Blank page

box 1, page Back endpapers

2017.R.17-be Back endpapers

box 1, item Back cover

2017.R.17-bc Back cover