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Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947

Nicholas V. Artamonoff left behind a photographic puzzle of over one thousand images. He was a student and engineer, who, while studying and living at Robert College in Istanbul, gained an appreciation for the city’s history and culture. With his Rollei camera, he captured Byzantine remains, ntering nooks and crannies of fortifications and cisterns. He strolled through the city in the footsteps of architectural historians and archaeologists who explored and uncovered Byzantine Istanbul. his interests were broad: they ranged from imposing churches to the smallest details of architectural sculpture, from bustling marketplaces to the diligent work of lone craftsmen. The abundance of subjects es the Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection rich and engaging, providing a glimpse into the diverse urban environment in which he lived, and into the versatile photographer he was.

311 pages | 161 colour plates, 1 colour map | 9 x 9 1/2

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Table of Contents

Foreword / Scott Redford
Acknowledgements / Günder Varinlioglu
List of abbreviations
Introduction/ Günder Varinlioglu
I. Discovering Nicholas V. Artamonoff
“An ardent photographer”: Nicholas V. Artamonoff (1908-89) / Alyssa DesRochers and Günder Varinlioglu
The Artamonoff project / Shalimar Fojas White
II. The Photography of Nicholas V. Artamonoff
Nicholas V. Artamonoff and the photography of Istanbul / Nancy Micklewright
Historic photography and Byzantine architecture / Robert Ousterhout
Strolling through Byzantine Istanbul in Artamonoff’s footsteps / Günder Varinlioglu
Map of Artamonoff’s photographs of Byzantine Istanbul / Tayfun Öner
Catalogue / Alyssa DesRoches, William J. Harper, Günder Varinlioglu
Nicka, Mr. No, Nicholas V. Artamonoff
Surrounded by Byzantium
Use and reuse
Out of sight
Archaeology at work
New life in an old city
About the contributors

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