CM: Filled as it was with wooden houses, hardly a day passed in Istanbul without a fire, and the fire brigade - whose members were known as 'Tulumbacı Ocağı' (Fire Brigade) had to be ready for action at all times of day or night. Watchmen stationed in the Galata and Beyazıt towers sent messengers out as soon as they saw flames or smoke, and the cannon set on each of the seven hills of the city would be fired to sound the alarm. The nearest firemen, four carrying the fire pump, would rush out to fight the fire. [Engin Özendes 1999, p.143] As this photograph was shot in the studio, the Abdullah Frères created the effect of blasting water from the fire hose by dissolving the print's emulsion.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]
ÖZENDES, ENGIN Abdullah Frères: Ottoman Court Photographers 1998 Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul
ÖZENDES, ENGIN From Sébah & Joaillier to Foto Sabah: Orientalism in Photography 1999 Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul