[LOVELY STUDIO MISE-EN-SCENE] Four children in a great mise-en-scene of Resne Photography Studio
RESNE PHOTOGRAPH STUDIO (Bahaeddin Rahmi Ediz), (1875-1951), R. Bahaeddin: Resne Fotografhânesi. Istanbul'da Bâb-i Âlî Caddesinde No. 85, Istanbul, [pre 1923].
Original large-sized silver gelatin photograph. Mounted on cardboard. 35x30 cm; photo area: 24x18 cm. The calligraphic studio title is embossed on the lower of the cardboard. Scratching "4" on the upper right of the printed area, slight creasing on the upper right of the cardboard, and chipped extremities. Overall a good image.
Fine gelatin silver mounted on the original photographer's cardboard showing four children (probably three girls and their brother) in an attractive and highly collectible photographer's mise-en-scene. A dark and shadowy print.
Bahaettin Rahmi Bediz, one of the prominent Muslim photographers of nineteenth-century Crete, witnessed many political upheavals including the 1896 Cretan uprising, the Balkan and World wars, the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, the population exchange between Turkey and Greece.
Bediz was born in Istanbul in 1875. He attended schools in Istanbul and Crete due to his father İbrahim Rahmi Efendi's civil service appointments in both towns. Following his father’s death, twenty-year-old Bediz dropped out of Mekteb-i Sultânî (Galatasaray High School) and moved to Crete. His interest in photography is believed to have begun by chance when he was once asked to take a photograph of a group who came to his stationery shop in Heraklion.
Bediz's career is divided into four distinct periods. Between 1896 and 1909, he photographed Crete and published around 200 postcards. Fluent in French, he followed European publications related to his profession and acquired equipment from Paris, London, and Vienna. Bediz also contributed to the development of photography on the island by organizing contests.
In 1909, due to ongoing severe conflicts on the island, he moved back to Istanbul and opened a studio called Resne across the Sublime Porte on the historical peninsula.
In 1927, he moved to Izmir, where he was commissioned by various museums as a private photographer, and participated in a number of archeological excavations during the following nine years. From 1936 to 1948, he continued his career in Ankara, working for various institutions such as the Turkish Historical Society and the Ulus Publishing House.
Bediz left many historical photographs behind, as well as an unpublished book on the theory and practice of photography when he died in Istanbul in 1951. These photographs in SALT Research collections not only provide clues on his personal journey but also constitute significant documents revealing the socio-political aspects of the time. (Literature: SALT).