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Ottoman Arcadia

May 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019

ANAMED Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, İstiklal Caddesi No. 181, Merkez Han, Beyoğlu, İstanbul


In 1886, Sultan Abdülhamid II commissioned an official expedition to create three volumes of photography documenting the dramatic landscapes, towns, monuments of the early Ottoman settlements like Yenişehir, Söğüt, Bozüyük and Bursa.

These photographs, complete with handwritten captions in Ottoman Turkish and French, will be displayed for the first time along with contemporaneous documents, images and publications from other collections. They document the native inhabitants of this area in the Ottoman Empire and demonstrate how layers of memory could be reclaimed through the medium of photography.


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