Pascal Sébah (1823-1886): Rue Nubar Pacha - Cairo / Egypt (Large Vintage Photo)
rare original vintage photo - no reprint!
sepia toned gelatin silver print
n° 02. rue nubar pacha (caire) - p. sébah
egypt ~ 1870s
pascal sébah (1823–1886) was a photographer in constantinople (now istanbul) and cairo, who produced a prolific number of images of egypt, turkey and greece to serve the tourist trade.
pascal sébah was born in constantinople, then the capital of the ottoman empire, to a syrian catholic father and an armenian mother.
he initially worked in collaboration with the french photographer, henri bechard. after receiving medals at the international exhibition in paris, he decided to open his own studio in istanbul in 1857. sébah's studio was known as ''el chark (meaning "the orient"), situated at 439 grande rue de pera in the center of the city and close by the embassies and hotels where tourists congregated.
sébah primarily produced photographs for the tourist trade. by the second half of the 19th-century, tourist travel to egypt had created strong demand for photographs as souvenirs. sébah was amongst a group of early photographers, who made their way to cairo and istanbul to capitalise on this demand. these pioneering photographers included félix bonfils (1831-1885); gustave le gray (1820-1884), brothers henri and emile bechard; the british-italian brothers antonio beato (c. 1832–1906) and felice beato and the greek zangaki brothers.
by 1873 sébah was successful enough to open a second studio in cairo. he exhibited at ottoman exhibition in vienna, austria in 1873.
he established a valuable working relationship with turkish painter osman hamdi bey taking photographs as part of the artist's preparation and in which he experimented with light and shade.  in turn, hamdi bey selected sébah to illustrate his text on the popular costumes worn by turkish people, entitled les costumes populaires de la turquie en 1873: ouvrage publié sous le patronage de la commission impériale ottomane pour l'exposition universelle de vienne published in 1873.
following his death on 25 june 1886, the studio continued in business. it was managed by his brother, cosmi, and in 1888 pollicarpe joiallier became a partner. at this time the company was renamed sebah & joaillier pascal's son, jean pascal sébah, also joined in 1888 and went on to run the studio with other photographers. the firm developed a reputation as the leading representative of orientalist photography and in 1889 was appointed the photographers by appointment to the prussian court. sébah's studio continued operations, in one form or another, until 1952 at the same address then moved until its closure in 1973.
sebah, a catholic, was buried in the latin cemetery in ferikoy. his son, jean pascal sébah, is also buried there
size: ~ 20.6 x 26 cm (1 cm ~ 0.39 inch)
size passepartout: ~ 29.8 x 40 cm
matte paper - mounted on cardboard
condition: good to very good...a few stains on passepartout and a tear offo n back...a bit wavy...photo in very good condition...sharp...please also refer to scans which show complete front and backside of photo
photography, fotografie, foto, north africa, egypte, ägyptewn, street scene, horse carriage, pferdekutsche, galabia, traditional clothing, Dschallabija, Gallabija, turban, tree, facade
- ~ 21 cm
- ~ 26 cm
- Vintage Real Photo
- ~ 1870s