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Antoin Sevruguin in the Context of Russian Culture in the Caucasus

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Antoin Sevruguin in the Context of Russian Culture in the Caucasus (Online Gallery Talk)

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Antoin Sevruguin was one of the central figures in the development of photography in Persia at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. He was an owner of a successful photo studio in Tehran, the winner of numerous medals at international expositions in Europe, and his photographs were published in travel guides and scientific publications. Despite his successful career, Sevruguin’s early life remains mostly undocumented. However, what few details are known help us to understand the context of the development of his artistic career and the self-representation of his work as “photographie artistique.” In this gallery talk, Polina Kasian, MA in Art History and Humanities, European University at Saint Petersburg, assistant director of development and special events, OI, will reconstruct the framework in which his unique point of view as a photographer was formed. She will discuss art education of the time, the development of photography, and the cultural scene in Georgia and the Russian Empire in the second half of the 19th century.

(Photos: A Shy Peasant, by Ilia Repin, 1877 (Volgi archive/Alamy Stock Photo); Portraits of dervishes, by Sevruguin ( P. 1249/N. 24548; P. 1243/N. 24542).

**Registration is required. An email with a link to join via Zoom will be circulated an hour before the scheduled talk.

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