GARABED PABUÇYAN / dit: NADIR (Ottoman Empire / act: Constantinople)
Garabed Pabuçyan was an Armenian photographer who opened his first studio in the late 1890s at 473 Grand Rue de Péra. Called 'Photographie Nadir', this studio subsequently moved to number 255. Nadir appears to have been something of a character as Istanbul photographers of the period go. In advertisements placed in the early 1900s he claimed to be the recipient of a silver medal, an imperial order of merit, a fine arts medal, seven medals (four of them gold) received from various exhibitions in France, and five letters of commendation. He also claimed to sell Istanbul landscapes and panoramas of the Golden Horn and Bosporus in addition to doing portrait photography. Inasmuch as very few examples of this studio’s work have actually survived, one is inclined to suspect that Nadir was something of a hot air merchant. One important – perhaps the most important – portrait taken by Nadir was that of İbrahim Edhem Pasha, the victorious Turkish commander in the war with Greece in 1897. In the history of photography in Istanbul, Nadir stands out particularly because of his penchant for pretending to be more than he was. Both the name of his firm and the signature used on his mounts are deliberately designed to resemble those of the famous French photographer Nadar (Gaspar-Félix Tournachon, 1820-1910), as a comparison of the two clearly shows.
[Bahattin Öztuncay 2003, p.327-328]
ÖZTUNCAY, BAHATTIN The Photographers of Constantinople: Pioneers, Studios and Artists from 19th Century Istanbul 2003 Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul