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Born: Alexander Sandor Svoboda 
Other: A. Svoboda 
Other: Alex Svoboda 
Active:  Turkey
 
  
Artist and photographer active in Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey, in the 1850s providing travel albums of photographs to tourists.
"The Seven Churches of Asia. The result of Two Years' Exploration of their Locality and Remains." By Mr. A. Svoboda (Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1869). It includes a preface by Rev. H.B. Tristam and twenty illustrations by Svoboda.

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John Falconer, British Library 
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia

 
Commercial, India and Middle East
Commercial artist and photographer, India
Of Russian origins and established as a photographer in Smyrna in the mid-1850s. Advertises in the Bombay Gazette of 6 Oct 1856 as portrait painter and photographer at 3 Bellasis Road, Byculla, Bombay, using a new process on canvas. Published The Seven Churches of Asia (London, 1869), illustrated with 20 mounted prints.
 
One of his photographs is reproduced as a lithograph in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1866: ‘The monument near Ninfi...I have been very desirous of getting photographed, and at length this has been effected by the zeal and ability of Mr Alexander Svoboda, an artist doubtless remembered by many members of the society for his paintings of Indian scenes, and his first having photographed the caves of Elephanta and monument of Ctesiphon, as he has latterly those of Ephesus...’[1]
 
A. Svoboda, photographer, Bellasis Road, Bombay, 1857 (Bombay Times Calendar and Almanac). 
  
 
  

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  1. Λ Hyde Clarke, Assyro-Pseudo-Sesostris, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, vol. XXXV, no. 2, 1866, pp. 87-90. 
      
 
  

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