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BERGGREN, GUILLAUME (PER) (PHOTOGR.): - [CONSTANTINOPLE - EXCEPTIONELL PANORAMA] [Attractive grand panorama view of Constantinople composed of fourteen photographic sections]. Constantinople ca 1874-5.

. An impressive large-scale panorama about 480 cm long. Fourteen sepia toned photographs, each ca 34 x 26 cm, joined together and mounted on a heavy quality paper made by the renowned French paper manufacturer Canson & Montgolfier. Recently the paper has been professionally restored and the whole laid on an Aero linen made of natural fibres and neutral pH. (The total size is about 500 cm x 53 cm). The panorama shows a view of approximately 270 degrees of the Old City of Istanbul taken from the Galata Tower. The great old mosques (mostly former Byzan tine churches) with their minarets are clearly visible in the background, including the Hagia Sophia and the Suleiman Mosque. Visiible in the foreground are the busy waters of the Golden Horn with numerous steamers and boats approaching the Galata Bridge on the right. Superb quality of the prints. Berggren has signed by hand at the right hand corner of the paper (no printed signatures on the photos as usual). We assume this is a special issue, perhaps for a special occasion or person, most likely made before the smaller folded versions. Guillaume Berggren was born in Stockholm but lived most of his life in Constantinople, where he arrived in 1866 and stayed until his death in 1920. He opened a photographic studio in the fashionable area of Pera. "G. Berggren's photographs are characterized by all the seriousness and creative talent of the serious artist. As a depictor of Anatolia, the Bosporus, Constantinople, and Thrace, he was regarded by his contemporaries as unsurpassed". Leif Wigh, Photographic Views of the Bosporus and Constantinople, Fotografiska Museet 1984.
EUR 12000.00 [Appr.: US$ 14516.03 | £UK 10620.25 | JPą 1514037] Book number 120987

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