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J.P. Sébah (1838-1890)

J.P. Sébah (1838-1890) was a Turkish photographer active starting in 1860. The Sébah & Joallier firm operated out of Constantinople and had a shop in Cairo at the same time.

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One of the best and most successful commercial photographers of the Near East in the nineteenth century, J. Pascal Sébah, a Levantine, opened a photographic studio in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1857. The name of the establishment was El Chark, “The Orient.” Sébah took photographs all around the Eastern Mediterranean, from Athens, Constantinople, and the Aegean coast of Turkey, to Egypt and Libya.

Sébah opened a second studio in Cairo in 1873. During 1884-85 the French photographer Policarpe Joaillier, who had been working in Constantinople, became his partner. In 1888 the name of the studio was changed to Sébah and Joaillier. Joaillier returned to France at the beginning of the 20th century, and in 1908 Sébah sold the studio. The establishment was run under the same name by different owners until the 1950’s, when it finally closed.

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