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The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce
the release of a new online exhibition, *Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine
Istanbul, 1930-1947*:
http://icfa.doaks.org/collections/artamonoff/exhibits/show/picturingbyz.


The online exhibit is a recreation of the physical
exhibit<http://rcac.ku.edu.tr/exhibitions/artamonoff> that
was presented at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations
(RCAC) <http://rcac.ku.edu.tr/> in Istanbul from June 25 to November 10,
2013, within the scope of the Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine
Studies Symposium <http://sgsymposium.ku.edu.tr/>. The 2013 exhibition was
co-curated by Günder
Varinlioğlu<http://ku.academia.edu/G%C3%BCnderVarinlio%C4%9Flu>,
ICFA’s former Byzantine Assistant Curator, and Alyssa
DesRochers<http://adesrochers.wordpress.com/>,
former ICFA intern. This new online exhibit presents the same selection of
photographs from the Nicholas V. Artamonoff
Collection<http://icfa.doaks.org/collections/artamonoff/> that
appeared in the Istanbul exhibition, as well as images from the Smithsonian
Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Archives<http://www.asia.si.edu/research/archives.asp>
 and Robert College in
Istanbul<http://webportal.robcol.k12.tr/Pages/default.aspx>. It
also includes an interactive
timeline<http://icfa.doaks.org/collections/artamonoff/exhibits/show/picturingbyz/timeline1>
that
places Artamonoff's photography in the context of contemporaneous
archaeological investigations at Byzantine sites throughout Istanbul.



Together, these images present a rapidly changing city as seen through
Artamonoff's camera lens:



*Nicholas V. Artamonoff (1908-1989) left behind a photographic puzzle of
over 1,000 images. He was a student and engineer, who, while studying and
living at Robert College in Istanbul, gained an appreciation for the city’s
history and culture. With his Rollei camera, he captured the Byzantine
remains, entering the nooks and crannies of the fortifications and
cisterns. He strolled through the city in the footsteps of architectural
historians and archaeologists who explored and uncovered Byzantine
Istanbul. His interests were broad: from imposing churches to the smallest
details of architectural sculpture, from bustling marketplaces to the
diligent work of lone craftsmen. This abundance of subjects makes the
Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection rich and engaging, providing a glimpse
into the diverse urban environment in which he lived, and into the
versatile photographer he was.*



The online exhibit was built in Omeka <http://omeka.org/> by Alyssa
DesRochers, Assistant Curator of the exhibition and former ICFA intern, and
Michael Sohn, Web & Graphic Designer at Dumbarton Oaks.