Ohannes (Onnes) Kurkdjian
Kurkdjian on the edge of the Sand Sea (Lautan Pasir) in the Tengger Mountains (c. 1910)
Ohannes Kurkdjian (first name sometimes spelled Onnes, Armenian spelling Hovhannes, 1851–1903) was a photographer based in Yerevan, Tiflis, Singapore and then Surabaya during the Dutch East Indies era.
His namesake business (located at Bultzingslowenplein) was the studio Kurkdjian Atelier and later O. Kurkdjian & Co.
Life and work
Kurkdjian was born in Kyurin, (Gürun), Ottoman Empire
His namesake business (located at Bultzingslowenplein) was Kurkdjian Atelier and later O. Kurkdjian & Co. It grew to employ at least 30 people, one of whom was Thilly Weissenborn, the first significant Indonesian-born female photographer. The studio produced portraits including of Pakoe Boewono X Susuhunan van Solo as well as landscapes, business, building and trade photographs.
In 1897, Kurkdjian was joined by Englishman G. P. Lewis. Lewis took over the business after Kurkdjian's death in 1903 (in Surabaya, Indonesia). The studio was acquired by Mieling & Co., a pharmaceutical company, in 1915.
A famous photograph of Kurkdjian shows him standing behind his tripod-mounted camera photographing a volcano.
Kurkdjian is an Armenian name.
Wayang wong performers
Mount Kelud crater circa 1901
Mount Bromo circa 1920
Women doing batik
Boats anchored at Tjilatjap (Cilacap)
Semeroe volcano in 1897
A sixteen meter deep mudslide at Redjosari after the eruption of the Kelud volcano
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