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Engin Ozendes Collection

Call Number



1900-1920, inclusive
; 1890-1920, bulk


G. Glikeas (Glykias), Phener Rue Balat, Sokak Apti Sou-Bashi no. 15, Constantinople (Fener, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey) (Role: Photographer)
Abdullah Frères, Constantinople (Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey) (Role: Photographer)
Arnoux, Hippolyte (Circa 1860-1890) (Role: Photographer)
Bonfils, Felix (Role: Photographer)
Türkkan, Ömer Fahrettin (Fakhri Pasha), 1868-1948 (Role: Photographer)


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Language of Materials

Languages primarily Ottoman, Turkish, French, with some Armenian, Arabic, Italian, German, English, and Greek.

Biographical / Historical

Engin Ozendes began researching the history of Turkish photography in 1974. Her articles on this subject have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias. She has served as a jury member for many photographic competitions, and delivered lectures. In 1990 she was awarded the title Excellence Fiap (ESFIAP) by the Federation Internationale de L'Art Photographique (FIAP) for her services to photography. Between June 2004 - May 2011 she worked as Curator of Photography Exhibitions at Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. She curated many photography exhibitions internationally. Her books include Photography in the Ottoman Empire 1839-1919 (Haset Publications, 1987), Photography in the Ottoman Empire 1839-1919 (Iletisim, 1995), Abdullah Freres: Ottoman Court Photographers (Yapi Kredi. 1998), From Sebah & Joaillier to Foto Sabah: Orientalism in Photography (Yapi Kredi, 1999), Photography in Turkey (Tarih Vakfi, 1999), Merhaba Atina Here Istanbul (Tarih Vakfi, 2000), Photography in the Ottoman Empire 1839-1923 (Yapi Endustri, 2013), Modern and Contemporary Approaches to Photography in Turkey (Yapi Endustri, 2016).


The collection was processed as it was received.

Scope and Contents

The Engin Ozendes collection includes 315 iconic photographs taken by some of the most prominent photographers and photography studios who documented the last days of the Ottoman Empire and the early Republic period, including Abdullah Freres, Basile Kargapoulo, Zangaki, Sebah & Joaillier, Pascal Sebah, Derounian Freres, Othmar Pferschy, M. Iranian, Berggren, and Arif Hikmet Koyunoglu. The majority of the photographs, all of which are prints, date from the 1890s to 1910s.

The collection's studio photographs, from various places within the boundaries of modern-day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Greece, Palestine and Israel, present people as everything from simply children and parents, brides and grooms, to prominent military, religious and political figures. Historically significant moments related to both cultural events and military campaigns are represented as well as candid views of street life in cities and towns. The collection depicts the art and architecture from mosques and other religious and archaeological sites from throughout the region, revealing details that in some cases no longer exist, or exist in a different form today.

Conditions Governing Access

Digitization of this collection was completed in April 2016.

Conditions Governing Use

NYU Abu Dhabi holds all copyright and related rights pertaining to this collection. Please contact Akkasah at for information regarding information and use.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Engin Ozendes Collection; AD_MC_012; box number; folder number or item identifier; Akkasah Center for Photography, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection acquired from photo historian Engin Ozendes in 2015.

Custodial History

Akkasah, the Center for Photography at NYU Abu Dhabi, acquired the collection in December 2015.

Collection processed by

Akkasah: Center for Photography NYUAD

About this Guide

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Akkasah: Photography Archive (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Akkasah: Photography Archive (NYU Abu Dhabi)
New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi P.O. Box 129188