Erin Hyde Nolan
Translations of a Portrait of Abdülhamid II
Abstract In 1869, the Abdullah Frères studio in Istanbul made a portrait of the Ottoman Prince Abdülhamid Effendi. When Abdülhamid II ascended the throne in 1876, this photograph was copied, appropriated, and disseminated in various formats. One such carte-de-visite depicts the sultan with a full beard when he sports only a mustache in the original image. The manipulation of this image provides a lens for understanding portraiture as a medium that embodies multiple and subjective identities (even of the same person) that also move across material platforms and cultural borders. By tracing the translation and cross-cultural circulation of the Abdullah Frères image, this chapter reveals networks of exchange as formative to the imperial portrait photograph.
Keywords Portrait, Photograph, Translation, Cross-cultural, Imperial