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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Guillaume Berggren

Born: Guillaume Gustave Berggren 
Other: Pehr Vihelm Berggren 
Other: Wilhelm Berggren 
Dates:  1835, 20 March - 1920
Active:  Turkey
Gender:  Male
Swedish photographer who worked in Turkey from 1866 onwards. He recorded the construction of the Anatolian railway and the inauguration of the Orient Express.
Swedish photographer who started work as an apprentice carpenter in 1850. He left Sweden in 1855, learned photography in Berlin, and settled in Constantinople in 1866, opening a studio in the Grande Rue de la Pera in the early 1870s. Berggren combined studio work - portraits of travelers and dignitaries, with the option of posing in Turkish attire - with the sale of prints offering a range of Ottoman motifs. He photographed the street scenes and architecture of Constantinople, including all its mosques, and the landscapes, ruins, and major religious sites of the Bosphorus region. He also recorded developments and events such as the construction of the Anatolian railway, and the inauguration of the Orient Express in 1883. In the 1890s he made a remarkable series of documentary portraits of Constantinople's working people: bakers, street sellers, harbour workers, and prostitutes.
[Courtesy of Wolfgang Klotz, October 2011]

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General reading 
Jacobson, K., 2007, Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839-1925, (London: Quaritch) isbn-10: 095508525X isbn-13: 9780955085253 [Δ
Özendes, Engin, 1987, Photography in the Ottoman Empire 1839-1919, (Istanbul: Haset Yayinevi) [First edition, a second edition was published in 1995] [Δ
Öztuncay, B., 2003, The Photographers of Constantinople: Pioneers, Studios and Artists from 19th Century Istanbul. Vol.1 - Text and Photographs. Vol.2 - The Album, (Istanbul: Aygaz) [Δ
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Guillaume Berggren.] 
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