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Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran

Photographer:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar, 1850-1909  Search this
Extent:
2 Photograph albums (black and white photographic prints)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photograph albums
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Iran
Tehran (Iran)
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Two albums: Album No. 1 contains 65 nineteenth century albumen photographs of medium size, the largest measuring 16.4 x 23.5 cm. Album No. 2 contains 44 albumen photographs of larger size, the largest measuring 20.9 x 26.6 cm. The photographs appear to be largely of the same vintage, possibly as early as the 1860s, although some may date ten years later. Subject range includes landscapes, palaces, ethnic groups and individual portraits. The smaller album is bound in green tinted leather; the larger is bound in bright green velvet.
Arrangement:
Two separate albums.
Biographical / Historical:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar was the son of Jahangir Mirza Qajar. He was born in 1266 lunar calendar year (1850 CE). He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was the father of four children: three daughters and one son. Abdullah studied at Dar-ol-Fonoon, a polytechnic school, during the reign of Nasereddin Shah. He then went on to study in Paris around 1295 lunar year (1878 CE). After one and a half years in Paris, he went on to Vienna and was shortly sent to study in Salzburg. He was in Salzburg for just over three years. During these years, he described in his writings about the techniques he learned. These included zincography, phototypy, photolithography and galvanoplastic. After these studies, he returned to Vienna and began his journey back to Tehran. Initially upon his return, he worked on printing maps of Ahvaz and other towns, which he presented to the court. His business in the printing field was not very successful, thus he focused his efforts on photography. His first works as photographer in the Qajar court date back to 1300 lunar year (1883 CE). He went on assignment to Khorasan, then in 1304 lunar (1887 CE) to Rey and Qom to photograph new buildings there. He also had assignments in many other areas, such as Tabriz, Kermanshah, Mashad and Kashan. During his years as court photographer, he also continued taking pictures at Dar-ol-Fonoon, of the students in uniform, and of other subjects. After Nasereddin Shah's death in 1314 lunar (1897 CE), he did not receive many orders and felt disappointed. Although his business suffered, he continued to work under Mozaffareddin Shah, who was quite fond of Abdullah. Mozaffareddin Shah took Abdullah as special photographer to Europe with him in 1317 and 1320 lunar year (1900 CE and 1903 CE). Abdullah Mirza was often written about during his time as a very well educated and well accomplished photographer. He died in 1326 lunar year(1909 CE).
Local Numbers:
FSA A2010.05
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Iranians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums -- 19th century
Photographic prints
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Citation:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran, FSA.A2010.05. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of Azar Nafisi in honor of Massumeh Farhad, 2010.
Identifier:
FSA.A2010.05
See more items in:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3274509e3-747e-4217-a2d7-d57f657a576f
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-fsa-a2010-05
Online Media:

Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran: Album 1

Photographer:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar, 1850-1909  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar, 1850-1909  Search this
Extent:
2 Photograph albums (black and white photographic prints)
Type:
Archival materials
Photograph albums
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Iran
Tehran (Iran)
Scope and Contents:
Contains 65 nineteenth century albumen photographs of medium size, the largest measuring 16.4 x 23.5 cm. Subject range includes landscapes, palaces, ethnic groups and individual portraits. The album is bound in green tinted leather.
Arrangement:
Two separate albums..
Biographical / Historical:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar was the son of Jahangir Mirza Qajar. He was born in 1266 lunar calendar year (1850 CE). He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was the father of four children: three daughters and one son. Abdullah studied at Dar-ol-Fonoon, a polytechnic school, during the reign of Nasereddin Shah. He then went on to study in Paris around 1295 lunar year (1878 CE). After one and a half years in Paris, he went on to Vienna and was shortly sent to study in Salzburg. He was in Salzburg for just over three years. During these years, he described in his writings about the techniques he learned. These included zincography, phototypy, photolithography and galvanoplastic. After these studies, he returned to Vienna and began his journey back to Tehran. Initially upon his return, he worked on printing maps of Ahvaz and other towns, which he presented to the court. His business in the printing field was not very successful, thus he focused his efforts on photography. His first works as photographer in the Qajar court date back to 1300 lunar year (1883 CE). He went on assignment to Khorasan, then in 1304 lunar (1887 CE) to Rey and Qom to photograph new buildings there. He also had assignments in many other areas, such as Tabriz, Kermanshah, Mashad and Kashan. During his years as court photographer, he also continued taking pictures at Dar-ol-Fonoon, of the students in uniform, and of other subjects. After Nasereddin Shah's death in 1314 lunar (1897 CE), he did not receive many orders and felt disappointed. Although his business suffered, he continued to work under Mozaffareddin Shah, who was quite fond of Abdullah. Mozaffareddin Shah took Abdullah as special photographer to Europe with him in 1317 and 1320 lunar year (1900 CE and 1903 CE). Abdullah Mirza was often written about during his time as a very well educated and well accomplished photographer. He died in 1326 lunar year(1909 CE).
Local Numbers:
FSA A2010.05 1
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Iranians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Photographic prints
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Collection Citation:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran, FSA.A2010.05. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of Azar Nafisi in honor of Massumeh Farhad, 2010.
Identifier:
FSA.A2010.05, Series FSA A2010.05 1
See more items in:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3261ab900-d905-450f-bfee-ce93ef4e329a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2010-05-ref1

Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran: Album 2

Photographer:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar, 1850-1909  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar, 1850-1909  Search this
Extent:
2 Photograph albums (black and white photographic prints)
Type:
Archival materials
Photograph albums
Photographic prints
Photographs
Place:
Iran
Tehran (Iran)
Scope and Contents:
Contains 44 albumen photographs measuring 20.9 x 26.6 cm. Subject range includes landscapes, palaces, ethnic groups and individual portraits. The album is bound in bright green velvet.
Arrangement:
Two separate albums..
Biographical / Historical:
Abdullah Mirza Qajar was the son of Jahangir Mirza Qajar. He was born in 1266 lunar calendar year (1850 CE). He had 2 brothers and 3 sisters. He was the father of four children: three daughters and one son. Abdullah studied at Dar-ol-Fonoon, a polytechnic school, during the reign of Nasereddin Shah. He then went on to study in Paris around 1295 lunar year (1878 CE). After one and a half years in Paris, he went on to Vienna and was shortly sent to study in Salzburg. He was in Salzburg for just over three years. During these years, he described in his writings about the techniques he learned. These included zincography, phototypy, photolithography and galvanoplastic. After these studies, he returned to Vienna and began his journey back to Tehran. Initially upon his return, he worked on printing maps of Ahvaz and other towns, which he presented to the court. His business in the printing field was not very successful, thus he focused his efforts on photography. His first works as photographer in the Qajar court date back to 1300 lunar year (1883 CE). He went on assignment to Khorasan, then in 1304 lunar (1887 CE) to Rey and Qom to photograph new buildings there. He also had assignments in many other areas, such as Tabriz, Kermanshah, Mashad and Kashan. During his years as court photographer, he also continued taking pictures at Dar-ol-Fonoon, of the students in uniform, and of other subjects. After Nasereddin Shah's death in 1314 lunar (1897 CE), he did not receive many orders and felt disappointed. Although his business suffered, he continued to work under Mozaffareddin Shah, who was quite fond of Abdullah. Mozaffareddin Shah took Abdullah as special photographer to Europe with him in 1317 and 1320 lunar year (1900 CE and 1903 CE). Abdullah Mirza was often written about during his time as a very well educated and well accomplished photographer. He died in 1326 lunar year(1909 CE).
Local Numbers:
FSA A2010.05 2
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
Topic:
Iranians  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photograph albums
Photographic prints
Photographs -- 1850-1900
Collection Citation:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran, FSA.A2010.05. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Gift of Azar Nafisi in honor of Massumeh Farhad, 2010.
Identifier:
FSA.A2010.05, Series FSA A2010.05 2
See more items in:
Nafisi Family Photograph Albums of Qajar Iran
Archival Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dc3f1a37d56-9143-43a2-a2aa-1fb0ebe54346
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-fsa-a2010-05-ref2

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