Turkish (1823 – 1886)
A leading photographer in Constantinople, capital of the Ottoman Empire, Sebah opened a large commercial studio in 1868. His photographs answer to Western European interest in the exoticism of the Orient. His images of the city, ancient ruins, portraits in traditional costumes were renowned by tourists and used for scientific illustrations in Oriental publications. Sebah won a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1878 for his photographs of Egypt (Nubian desert tribes).