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BERGGREN, Guillaume (Pehr Vilhelm) (1835-1920)
[Large Photograph Panorama of Istanbul, Titled]: Vue de la Pointe du Serail. # 192.
Ca. 1880. Large mounted albumen print ca. 21,5x26,5 cm (8 ½ x 10 ½ in). Signed and captioned in negative in the lower corners. Mounted on original card. Overall a very good bright photograph. Attractive view of the Istanbul's Old City taken from Galata district across the waters of Golden Horn. The photo shows the Seraglio Point (Saray Burnu) with the silhouettes of the Topkapi Palace, Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque in the background, and busy waters of the Golden Horn with numerous steamers and boats approaching the Galata Bridge on the right. The densely built up Galata district with its picturesque narrow streets and rooftops is shown in the foreground. "Berggren was born in Stockholm where he was initially apprenticed as a carpenter in the early 1850s. He travelled widely around Europe and trained as a photographer in Germany in 1859. Berggren chanced to visit Constantinople in 1866 which he unexpectedly decided to make his home. He soon opened a photographic studio inside La Pierre, a hotel in the resort town of Büyükdere on the Bosphorus <.> Berggren was quite a typical photographer of his time, taking many standard tourist views but also displaying flashes of inspiration, particularly in producing good panoramas and photographing local types in the studio and in the street" (Jacobson, K. Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography, 1839-1925. London, 2007, p. 214-215).