Photos of Istanbul from 1920s-1940s, by Nicholas Artamonoff
March 7, 2013 8:50 AM   Subscribe

Nicholas Victor Artamonoff was a talented Russian amateur photographer who lived, studied and worked in Istanbul from the 1920s to the 1940s. He took many photos, mainly black-and-white, of architecture, archaeology, and street scenes, in Istanbul and also elsewhere in Turkey. A collection of images has now been made available by the Dumbarton Oaks Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.

The subject index is here.

An article in the Harvard Gazette on Artamonoff.

More online collections at Dumbarton Oaks.
posted by carter (3 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, what a great collection.
I really want to go to Istanbul.
posted by dougzilla at 9:17 AM on March 7, 2013

So great! I visited many of these places in 2010. It's interesting to see how levelled a lot of these archaeological sites were when they were uncovered in the early 20th century, compared to how much they have been reconstructed since. I'm thinking Ephesus, Bergama, Priene, and other ancient Roman cities, specifically.
posted by hamandcheese at 9:45 AM on March 7, 2013

Bonus: "Mosaics of Hagia Sophia," a free publication available this page. Apologies for not posting this earlier. I found my way into the site via the online exhibits, and not the online publications. Other Dumbarton Oaks online publications are available here.
posted by carter at 6:48 PM on March 7, 2013

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