Scutari, Turkey (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1910

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Scutari, Turkey

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

On negative: Sebah et Joaill[ier], Vue panoramique de Scutari.
Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows a distant view of Üsküdar (Scutari), Istanbul from the Galata Tower in Beyoglu. A similar image taken by Ottoman photographers Sebah and Joaillier is found at: (LOT 8931, no. 1). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2606-1


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    Jim Rees

    • 02/Nov/2008 02:28:02

    This had me confused because the only Scutari I know is modern Shkodër, in Albania. But this is apparently Üsküdar, now part of Istanbul, the location of Florence Nightingale's hospital in the Crimean War. It also was used as a location in a recent James Bond movie.

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    • 10/Nov/2008 19:12:48

    This vue panoramique is presumably from the same source as and given the use of the same italicized font. And judging from satellite photos via Google, they are probably all taken from Galata Tower as Jim Rees suggested for

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    Jim Rees

    • 10/Nov/2008 21:05:52

    A better caption for this would be "View of Scutari (Üsküdar) from Beyoğlu."

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    The Library of Congress

    • 12/Nov/2008 20:23:53

    Thanks, both of you! The hints you provided directed us to one of our panoramic photographs titled: Panorama de Constantinople, pris de La Tour de Galata, taken in the 1880's by French photographers Sebah & Joaillier, We'll fix the caption title of this image in the source data and reload the description.

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    • 24/Nov/2008 21:46:27

    near Albanien and Montenegro look more// google balkan War

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    Jim Rees

    • 26/Nov/2008 00:06:04

    It would be fun to take that panorama and run it through modern stitching software. But you'd need the originals so you could get the overlap, and they're probably long gone. Ken: I see you're confused too. See my first comment above. This is about 1000 km from Shkodër (Scutari) in Albania. The Balkan wars did involve the Ottoman Empire but as far as I know there was never fighting in Istanbul itself.

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    • 26/Nov/2008 14:21:04

    350110006342more photos can see in ebay germany. 1 ore 2 Balkan war Internationale UNO soldiers must look on google ( ship) Breslau Korps nach Skutari Shkodra, in the balkan love`s war

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    • 27/Nov/2008 08:46:09

    03.05.1913 Die österreichisch-ungarische Regierung ruft in den Landesteilen Bosnien und Herzegowina wegen des Vorgehens Montenegros in Skutari (heute Shkodër) den Ausnahmezustand aus.

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    • 11/Jan/2010 09:42:24

    Scutari is Üsküdar in Turkish. Lat: 41.025 Long: 29.03278 .

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    futuristic iron

    • 05/Jul/2010 12:11:17

    [] It's nearly identical at first glance. If you layer these photos over the panorama ( then you'll notice the only difference is in the location of the small little sail boats and some medium-sizes vessels. They are in different positions from this image and the full panorama in the LOC collections. The photographer most likely took multiple shots of the scene that day at different exposures. In the lower right you can see the beginnings of their signature: "Sébah et Joaill(ier)." It was very common for studios when they closed or went bankrupt to sell their negatives to other studios, with each one merely imprinting their studio name on the negative. For example, the Abdullah Frères sold their negatives to Sébah & Joaillier around 1899, when their studio closed. See for example Bahattin Öztuncay, The Photographers of Constantinople: Pioneers, studios and artists from 19th century Istanbul (İstanbul: Aygaz, 2003), 230. And: Roger Benjamin, ed., Orientalism: Delacroix to Klee (Sydney: The Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1997), 252.