29/11/2016 16:00

''Photography was introduced in Anatolia in the 1870s, at the beginning of a period of great demographic change, especially among non-Muslim communities. As in the rest of the Ottoman Empire, professional photography in these areas was dominated by Armenians and, to a lesser extent, Greeks. Yet the dominant narrative of the history of Ottoman photography gives preeminence to Istanbul's and especially Pera's famous studios. In contrast, if we look at vernacular photography in the provinces, we can learn much about how families used this new medium to maintain cohesion during long periods of separation, or about how photography would play an important role in the relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the genocide.Armen T. Marsoobian is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. He has lectured and published on topics in aesthetics, ethics, pragmatism, and genocide studies. He is the author of the highly praised, Fragments of a Lost Homeland: Remembering Armenia and a companion bi-lingual English-Turkish photography book, Dildilian Brothers – Memories of a Lost Armenian Home: Photography and the Story of an Armenian Family in Anatolia, 1888-1923. A comprehensive volume of photography, Reimagining a Lost Armenian Home: The Dildilian Photography Collection, is forthcoming in 2017. He is a descendant of the Dildilian family and has organized exhibitions in Turkey, Armenia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. based upon his family's Ottoman-era photography collection''.