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Exploring local photographers in the Ottoman, Qajar, and Russian Empires

University of Chicago: Photography in Focus (4 weeks online class)

November 8, 2021 – December 6, 2021
Mondays, 5–7 pm, November 8 – December 6 (class does not meet the week of Thanksgiving). These will be recorded and available to watch later. $196 (non-members), $157 (members), $78 (volunteers/docents/OI travel participants), $49 (UChicago, Lab, Charter students, faculty, and staff)

The Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637. 

Instructor: Polina Kasian, MA, Assistant Director of Development and Special Events and Tasha Vorderstrasse, PhD University and Continuing Education Program Coordinator

Although invented in France, photography spread rapidly to the rest of the world and local photographers quickly emerged to meet both local demand and that of tourists to the region. This class will look at the local photographers in the Ottoman, Qajar, and the Caucasus region of the Russian Empire in the 19th/early 20th century, paying particularly attention to Armenian photographers, who largely dominated the field, particularly in the Ottoman Empire. The class will examine notable photographers from these regions and their contributions and look at different subject matters in that photography and how their approaches were influenced by local consumers as well as foreign tourists.

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