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The Arab Imago: A Social History of Portrait Photography, 1860–1910

Princeton University Press

The Arab Imago: A Social History of Portrait Photography, 1860–1910

by Stephen Sheehi

The birth of photography coincided with the expansion of European imperialism in the Middle East, and some of the medium’s earliest images are Orientalist pictures taken by Europeans in such places as Cairo and Jerusalem—photographs that have long shaped and distorted the Western visual imagination of the region. But the Middle East had many of its own photographers, collectors, and patrons. In this book, Stephen Sheehi presents a groundbreaking new account of early photography in the Arab world.

Hardcover, 264 pages, 7"x 10".