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08 03 2007 -NAASR Armenian Magazin
A World in Transition: Armenians in the Ottoman Photographs Collection of the Getty Museum An Illustrated Lecture at St. George Armenian Church by

Van Aroian

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, houses
the Getty Research Library, which contains an impressive collection of Ottoman photographs. This
collection is an invaluable resource for Ottoman
scholars, ethnographers, historians of Ottoman
photography, and students of Armenian Ottoman life.
Furthermore, this collection provides a valuable
resource for an investigator interested in developing
the significant contribution of Armenian
photographers to the early development of
photography throughout the Ottoman Empire.

The program will provide a visual presentation and
sampling of the Ottoman photo collection at the
Getty Research Institute, with a focus on its
Armenian flavor and contributions. On a fundamental
level this collection provides investigators with a rare
opportunity actually to see aspects of Ottoman life
and culture – a presentation of a world in transition
captured for succeeding generations. These photos
will provide the opportunity to walk down memory
lane and share some social and historic

Van Aroian spent some six weeks in 1999-2001
looking through the Getty’s Ottoman photograph
collection. He earned a BA at Boston University and
MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.
He was a fellow in Urban Geography at Clark
University and an Urban Planner and Deputy Director
of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority. He later
joined his brother in-law, Kevork, and wife Mary
Balekdjian Aroian in importing and retailing Oriental

March 17, 2007
TIME: 7:30 p.m.


St. George Armenian Church
22 White Street,
Hartford, CT

Co-sponsored by NAASR and St. George Armenian Church
Admission free (donations accepted)
* Reception following program</


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