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ALPHONSE RUBELLIN (France / act: Smyrna)

Alphonse Rubellin Very little is known about Alphonse Rubellin, and there is no mention of him in the standard bibliographies. According to editor M. Yavuz Corapcioglu the Rubellin Father and Son were of French origin and operated the Photographie Parisienne studio in Smyrna in the 1870s and 1880s. They seem to have photographed extensively throughout the Middle East, especially the region of Turkey. Most surviving prints are identified simply as "Rubellin et Fils"; the most informative stamp is inscribed "Photographie Parisienne, Rubellin Père & Fils, Rue Franque, Passage Psaro-Khan, Smyrne" or "PHOTOGRAPHIE PARISIENNE / RUBELLIN / Rue Franque / SMYRNE / PASSAGE MATTHEYSZ". There are prints by Rubellin et Fils at The American College of Greece - ACG Art; the Gary Edwards Collection of the Getty Institute; and the Jafet Library of the American College in Beirut.

[Megakles Rogakos 10/2005]

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