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A traditional café, Cairo

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Cairo (photographed)
    Egypt (photographed)

  • Date:

    1887-1908 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lekegian, Gabriel (photographer)
    Lekegian, Gabriel (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Platinotype

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from Mr. Somers Clarke, 11 June 1896

  • Museum number:

    PH.1408-1896

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case 10

Physical description

A mounted sepia-coloured photograph of a coffe shop facade with three men in traditional Middle Eastern dress sitting out front on a bench.

Place of Origin

Cairo (photographed)
Egypt (photographed)

Date

1887-1908 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Lekegian, Gabriel (photographer)
Lekegian, Gabriel (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Platinotype

Descriptive line

Photograph by Lekegian & Co., captioned 'Café Arabe'. Cairo, Egypt, platinotype, 1887-1908

Labels and date

Trades

Photographs showing craftspeople at work are rare in this period. Few people felt such ordinary activities were worth recording. We appreciate these images now for the insight they give us not only into how objects were made, but also the lives of the people making them. These examples by the Armenian photographer Gabriel Lékégian show coppersmiths and wood turners practicing their craft in workshops open to the street.

5. A traditional café
About 1887-95
Gabriel Lékégian
Museum no. PH.1408-1896
[2019-2020]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Cafes

Categories

Photographs; Architecture; Topography; Archaeology; Historic Cairo

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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