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[Photograph album of Egyptian scenes and antiquities]

Label
[Photograph album of Egyptian scenes and antiquities]
Title
[Photograph album of Egyptian scenes and antiquities]
Title variation
Frenagraphs
Creator
Contributor
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
fre
Summary
Album containing 31 large albumen prints of Egypt during the 1890s, all but three signed "Zangaki" by the Zangaki brothers who had studios in Port Said, and later, in Cairo.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
Such albums were intended as travel souvenirs for the Western tourist, who could select photographs of his choice from the photographer's stock inventory, and the photos typically were views of antiquities and "exotic" local life. Twelve of the Zangaki photographs portray local people--Egyptians, Abyssinians, Sudanese--engaged in activities of everyday life, although the subjects were posed, often in studios with artificial backdrops. The rigidity of the stance and gaze of the subjects identify them as Zangaki portraits. The album opens with two scenes of Arab men enjoying their coffee: in one photo, an Arab man enjoys his coffee, as another man serves him from a traditional pot with a long spout (no. 643); the other photo depicts a group of eight men gathered in a coffee shop in Cairo. In another view, a teacher, switch in hand, sits surrounded by his young students who use chicken crates for desks. Other scenes include a heavily veiled mother holding her naked son who stares intently into the camera; a group of dark-skinned Bedouins; two Bedouin women; two portraits of young Abyssinian and Sudanese soldiers holding spears and bows, a studio backdrop behind them; and a young girl in exotic dress dancing as her companion accompanies her on a drum. There are also scenes of the pyramids, the carved temples at Denderah (Dandara) and Karnak, and the Colossi of Memnon, two colossal statues of the pharaoh Amenhotep III near Luxor. Other views include tombs in the Valley of the Kings, and the tomb of Sesostris at Thebes. Three of the photographs (nos. 1012, 1014, and 1068) also bear the signature "Peridis" of the photographer P. Peridis, to whom the Zangakis often sold their negatives, thus explaining why some of Peridis' images are identical to those of the Zangakis, and bear different (Peridis) stock numbers. Inserted into small frames on three pages at the end of the album are 11 smaller format photos, probably taken by the tourist himself, of a group of Egyptian women heavily veiled in white. There are also 18 small photos of the owners of the album at home, back in Europe, in an unidentified yard, playing with their pet dogs. The two couples pictured are most likely the travelers to Egypt
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of Egyptian scenes and antiquities]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Adelphoi Zangaki was the studio of the Zangaki brothers, Constantine and George, Greek photographers--probably Cypriots or Cretans--who worked in Egypt between 1870 and 1900. They toured the length of the Nile in a horse-drawn darkroom van, and the photographs of the Egyptian antiquities and street scenes and local people they produced in their Port Said and Cairo studios were immensely popular with the Western tourist trade, in particular those travelers on the Grand Tour
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Large Zangaki photographs (27 x 21 cm) are mounted one to a page; most have photographer's signature, caption, and stock number in negative (white) along lower edge. Smaller photos are mounted behind frames, four to a page, with no identifying captions
  • Bound in black pebble grain leather boards; gold-stamped title "Frenagraphs" on upper board, suggesting that the smaller amateur photographs were taken with a Frena camera, designed by the R & J Beck company of London, and first produced beginning in 1892
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
26 x 33 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (60 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2016.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)946677294
  • ucoclc946677294
Label
[Photograph album of Egyptian scenes and antiquities]
Publication
Note
  • Adelphoi Zangaki was the studio of the Zangaki brothers, Constantine and George, Greek photographers--probably Cypriots or Cretans--who worked in Egypt between 1870 and 1900. They toured the length of the Nile in a horse-drawn darkroom van, and the photographs of the Egyptian antiquities and street scenes and local people they produced in their Port Said and Cairo studios were immensely popular with the Western tourist trade, in particular those travelers on the Grand Tour
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Large Zangaki photographs (27 x 21 cm) are mounted one to a page; most have photographer's signature, caption, and stock number in negative (white) along lower edge. Smaller photos are mounted behind frames, four to a page, with no identifying captions
  • Bound in black pebble grain leather boards; gold-stamped title "Frenagraphs" on upper board, suggesting that the smaller amateur photographs were taken with a Frena camera, designed by the R & J Beck company of London, and first produced beginning in 1892
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
26 x 33 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (60 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2016.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)946677294
  • ucoclc946677294

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