Carte-de-visite, albumen print
Image: 9.4 x 5.8 cm (3 11/16 x 2 5/16 in.); Paper: 10.2 x 6.3 cm (4 x 2 1/2 in.)
Collection of Herbert Ascherman, Jr. 2017.28
Born in Constantinople to a Syrian father and Armenian mother, Sébah opened a photography studio there in either the late 1850s or ’60s. This carte de visite, a small, inexpensive photographic format developed in France and meant to be left as a calling card or collected, attests to the rapid and potent global spread of photographic technology, formats, and conventions in the mid-1800s.
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