Regional Surveys

Camera Studies in Iraq

This collection containing 73 reproductions of photographs of Iraq from the early twentieth century was published by the Hasso Brothers in Baghdad (ca. 1923) and printed by Rotophot A.G. in Berlin. The photographs have been attributed to A. Kerim, also listed as Abdulkarim in an introduction to a 2003 reprint of the album. The collection as a whole serves to contextualize certain monuments further described on Archnet. Included in the collection is a selection of photographs of an ethnographic nature. True to the publication, each image is captioned as it appears in the original. To the contemporary viewer, these captions may appear incorrect, colonial, or Orientalist: they offer insight into the time period of their creation. Camera Studies in Iraq is held by the Harvard Semitic Museum Photographic Archives, located at the Harvard University Fine Arts Library.

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