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Photography in the Ottoman Middle East & Beyond

The Brand Library and Art Center is at it again with a deep dive into history. The Center presents an exhibition titled “Continuity and Rupture: An Armenian Family Odyssey.” Join us on March 24 for the opening reception into this exhibit that traces the lives of the Dildilian family through the last decades of the Ottoman Empire and the violent eradication of the Armenians from their homeland in 1915. Drawing upon the family archive consisting of thousands of photographs, glass negatives, drawings, artwork, documents, letters, and family heirlooms, this exhibition provides a unique glimpse at history through the lens of one Armenian family. This exhibition is free and open to the public until April 27th.

Then, on Sunday, March 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 4p.m., The Brand Library and Art Center is hosting a symposium titled “Photography in the Ottoman Middle East and Beyond.” Join Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian, the co-curator of “Continuity and Rupture: An Armenian Family Odyssey,” as he moderates this free symposium of richly illustrated presentations by leading scholars of historical photography!

Attend this event to explore the importance Armenians played in the rapid expansion of photography across the Ottoman Empire and beyond

The symposium is free and open to all that are interested. Below is a schedule of events:


10: 30 am – Welcoming Remarks Dr. Sebouh Aslanian, Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, UCLA

10:45 am – Armenian Photography Across Generations Dr. Joseph E. Malikian, Independent Researcher, New York

11:15 am – Beyond Orientalism: The Vernacular Dimension of Ottoman Photography Dr. Edhem Eldem, Professor of History, Bogazici University, Istanbul; International Chair Turkish and Ottoman History, College de France, Paris

12:00 pm – LUNCH

12:45 pm – Curator Tour of “Continuity and Rupture: An Armenian Family Odyssey” Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian, Professor of Philosophy, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

1:30 pm Photographs as Research Tools at the Getty Research Institute Dr. Frances Terpak, Curator, Photographs, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

2:15 pm The Archival Turn in Art History and Art Practice Hande Sever, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

3:00 pm – Photography Between Borders: Armenian Photographers in Qajar Iran & the Ottoman Empire Dr. Staci Gem Scheiwiller, Associate Professor of Modern Art History, California State University, Stanislaus


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