Tiflis: Headquarters of the Caucasian Military District, 1896. Original publisher's wrappers. Item #550
Book measures: 21.5 x 14 cm. 289, 44 pages. Text in Russian. Light wear and foxing to the wrappers.
This rare catalog of photographic views and types by Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, published in 1896, is an extraordinary collection that documents the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Caucasus, Persia, European, and Asian Turkey. Comprising a vast collection of 18,000 photographs, this catalog serves as a significant historical record and a testament to Yermakov's skill and dedication as a photographer, orientalist, and ethnographer.
Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov (1845–1916) began his professional photography career in Tiflis (now Tbilisi, Georgia) in the 1860s. His work during the 1870s in Persia led to a wealth of ethnographic photography and earned him the prestigious title of "Photographer of His Majesty the Shah of Persia." Yermakov's photographs not only captured the cultural and geographical diversity of the regions but also documented significant historical events, such as the Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878.
Yermakov's contributions to photography were recognized internationally, as evidenced by awards from the French Photographic Society and the Moscow Anthropological Exhibition. His ability to capture the essence of a moment and culture made his photographs highly esteemed, and many were later reproduced as postcards, further disseminating his work.
This textual catalog features a wide array of Yermakov's works, ranging from scenic landscapes to portraits and ethnographic studies, offering a window into the life and times of the regions covered. This catalog is an essential resource for historians, photographers, and enthusiasts of cultural studies. It not only highlights the artistic and technical proficiency of Yermakov but also provides a rich history of the diverse regions of the Caucasus, Persia, Turkey, and beyond during a transformative period in their histories.