Nicholas Victor Artamonoff: Picturing Constantinople 1930-1947
Russian Nicholas Victor Artamonoff (1908-1989) arrived in Istanbul in 1922 at age 14 to study at the Robert College, an American school for boys, where he discovered the art of photography.
Artamonoff captured the Byzantine ruins from the vantage point of the people who live and interact with them on a daily basis.
The value of his photographic archive (which comprises more than 1000 images) for the study of Byzantine Constantinople is rich, interesting and especially important given the rapid deterioration, shoddy restoration works and the predatory destruction of the City's cultural heritage.
We present a small sample of his work.
View the entire collection of Nicholas V. Artamonoff's photographs at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection website
Author: Marousa Thomas | Source: Lifo.gr [January 18, 2017]