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Photographs 1842-1896: An Early Album of the World


Co-Edited by Kaph Books x Louvre Abu Dhabi x Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac.

This publication puts forward a global and documented vision of the practice of photography in the first decades of the medium, highlighting the key elements and chronological boundaries of the appropriation of photography outside of Europe. The publication also aims to present the work of local photographers and studios, in showing certain “original images” made in a particular region, while also outlining the role played by governments in power in the development and appropriation of this modern medium on a local scale. This publication gives prominence to the works, coming mainly from the Musée du Quai Branly collection, and also the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Musée Guimet. The quality of the approximate 100 reproductions reveal the diversity of photographic objects presented in the exhibition (daguerreotypes, prints, albums, negatives). It also includes bibliographic entries of the photographers represented in the exhibition, entries for works of the exhibition, and a geo-historical chronology.


About the Authors

Christine Barthe

As head of the photographic collections heritage unit at the Musée du Quai Branly, Christine Barthe is in charge of the acquisition of both historical and contemporary photographs. She has curated several exhibitions including Nocturnes de Colombie, images contemporaines (2013) and Patagonie, images du bout du monde (2012) and contributed to the curation of Photoquai (2007-2011) at the Musée du Quai Branly.

Eric Geoffroy

Expert in Islamic thought and spirituality, he teaches Islamology at the University of Strasbourg, and is a member of the Arab Academy of Cairo. Specialist of Sufism, he also works on the issues of spirituality in the contemporary world. He is a member of several international research groups, such as Kalam, Research & Media (KRM), and intervenes as scientific and editorial adviser on Islam (Fondapol, Cahiers de l'Islam, Religions-Adyan ...). He is a chronicler in the magazine Ultreïa, and writes regularly in The World of Religions. He has written about twenty articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam 2 and 3, and is the author of more than a dozen books.

Issam Nassar

Dr Issam Nassar is a Palestinian historian of photography in Palestine and the Middle East. He is a professor of History at Illinois State University and a research fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006; Bradley University in 2003–2006 and al-Quds University in 1998–2003.

Carmen Perez Gonzalez

Carmen Pérez González is a Cologne based postdoctoral researcher in history of indigenous Iranian photography, with a wider interest in local practices in 19th century Asian photography; neuroscience and photography, and early astronomical photography. She holds a M.A. in Astrophysics (University of Barcelona, 1993), an A.B.D. in Fine Arts (Photography, University of Barcelona, 2005), and a doctorate in Art History (Leiden University, 2010), where she graduated with a dissertation entitled “A Comparative Visual Analysis of 19th century Iranian Portrait Studio Photography and Persian Painting”, awarded with the ICAS Best PhD Thesis Prize in Humanities in March 2011 (Honolulu, Hawaii).

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
English, French or Arabic
24x 28.5 cm
1200 g
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books
The Arts