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Abdullah Mirza Qajar album of Iran, between 1883 and 1896

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Qajar (Abdullah Mizra) album of Iran

Scope and Content of Collection

The album contains 61 albumen photographs of Iran taken by Abdullah Mirza Qajar between 1883 and 1896. Although there are a few bird's-eye views of Tehran and some images of Qajar buildings, the photographs primarily depict buildings in ruins or disrepair located near towns and villages or in isolated settings, and are thus representative of the photographic campaigns Qajar made throughout Persia. Locales depicted include Kerman, Khurāsān, Qom, Ray, Dāmghān, Bāstāan, Qazvīn, Ribat-ī Machi, and Radkan. While many of the photographs include horsemen, in only a few are humans the main subject: one photograph depicts a pottery vendor sitting in his shop; another shows fishermen standing along a shore holding their catches, and the third depicts bathers at a watering hole.

The album is half bound in brown leather with gilt bands at corners and decorative gilt bands on the spine. The photographs are numbered in their negatives.

The titles of the individual photographs were devised by the archivist.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series:
Series I: Abdullah Mirza Qajar album of Iran, between 1883 and 1896.




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