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Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire 1840-1914

Sultan Abdülhamid II is known to have amassed an impressive number of photographs, over 30,000, the core of which is preserved at the Istanbul University Central Library. The content of the collection varies from touristic sights to infrastructural works, and from views from foreign countries to schools and their students or hospitals and their patients. In 1893/94 a selection of the images that deemed to represent the empire’s progress was assembled in fifty one albums and sent to libraries in Washington and London.