Veiled Turkish Lady by Pascal Sebah, ca. 1880s
Pasqual Sébah was one of the most important professional photographers of his time in the Ottoman Empire. Today, his works are highly sought after by museums and collectors.
Of Syrian or Lebanese origins, Sébah (1823-1886) was a leading photographer in Constantinople, now the city of Istanbul. In 1857 he opened a studio, which he called “El Chark,” next to the Russian Embassy on the Grande Rue de Pera, the main shopping street of the European part of the city. He sold photographs of the city, ancient ruins in the surrounding area, portraits, and images of local people in traditional costumes to tourists. His prints are signed P. Sébah.