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

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Alary & Geiser Algerian Carte-de-visite Album

Scope and Content of Collection

The album of 33 cartes-de-visite by Alary & Geiser documents the architecture and people of Algeria. Included are architectural interiors and exteriors, nomadic camps with tents and camels, and images of a variety of peoples photographed both in the studio and in more natural outdoor settings. Occupational portraits include laborers, a water porter, Spahis (Algerian cavalry), a wall painter, merchants, and street vendors. The sitters of a few male portraits are identified by title or status. Other portraits emphasize traditional dress while tropes such as "odalisque" or "dancer," common to an objectified European male gaze, are used to identify their female subjects.

The album is bound in dark green leather. Its brass clasps are missing, but the latches remain on the fore edge. Titles are taken from the captions written below the carte-de-visite window opening on most of the mounts.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series:
Series I. Alary & Geiser Algerian carte-de-visite album, circa 1865.




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