The Dildilians were a Family of Photographers. They were working in Merzifon, Samsun and Sivas between 1872 and 1923. Armen T. Marsoobian researched the history of the family of his mother and collected material from relatives. He is the grandson of Tsolag Dildilian, who founded the first Photography studio and expanded it together with his brother Aram.
The exhibition in Depo Istanbul shows strong documents of the history of that region during the times of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The terrible events around 1915, the Aghet for Armenians in Anatolia, is shown through the lens of the Dildilian Brothers. They pictured the growing of the Family. Weddings, children and growing wealth are appearing in more and more excellent Photographs. The events around 1915 are shown in reduced, sensitive pictures, that never abuse the dignity of the victims. The whole family vanished from their homeland. Some were killed or disappeared for ever, the rest immigrated to France, Greece and the USA.
Depo Istanbul, 26.04.-08.06.2013
Watch also the movie from the opening
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