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Other: Constantine Zangaki 
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Other: George and Constantine Zangaki 
Other: George Zangaki 
Other: Georgios Zangaki 
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Active:  Middle East / Near East
Little is known about the two Georgios (ca.l845-ca.l895) and Constantinos (ca.l845-l916) Zangaki brothers even though large amounts of their photographs are found in nineteenth century travel albums of the Middle and Near East.

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Zangaki Brothers
A self-portrait of one of the Zangaki brothers 
1870s (ca)
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Zangaki Brothers

Very little biographical detail is available for George and Constantine Zangaki, beyond the fact that they were Greek (some say Turkish) brothers who were originally associated with the French photographer Hippolyte Arnoux. Even their dates are unknown. They were active from the 1860s to the 1880s, principally in Egypt and Palestine, and they appear to have been based in Cairo, possibly with a branch in Port Said.
Their work is quite easily recognizable, even when unsigned, if only for the stiff, artificial poses and fixed stares of their subjects. The emphasis of these 'portraits' is firmly on composition rather than psychological insight. Their genre studies of picturesque locals were aimed principally at the tourist market. Their work also proved popular with those who were disinclined to travel but were nevertheless eager for images that held novelty and curiosity value.
[Contributed by Paul Frecker] 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

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

• Perez, Nissan N. 1988 Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) p.233 [Short biography on Zangaki Brothers possibly with example plates.] 
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