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Alary & Geiser Algerian carte-de-visite album, circa 1865

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Alary & Geiser Algerian Carte-de-visite Album

Biographical/Historical Note

Alary & Geiser was a photographic firm of long standing in Algiers. Lucien-Jacob Geiser (1810-1852), was an ébéniste by trade, who immigrated to Algeria from Switzerland with his wife Julie and three sons in 1850. The exact nature of the business Geiser père established in Algiers is not known, nor is the nature of his involvement with photography. Yet at some point after her husband's death Madame Geiser, who would have taken over the business, went into partnership with Jean-Baptiste Antoine Alary (1810-approximately 1867), an early daguerreotypist. Eventually the youngest Geiser son, Jean-Théophile (1848-1923), became involved with the photography business, running it into the 1920s.

Sources consulted:

Jacobson, Ken. Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography, 1839-1925. London: Quaritch, 2009.

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