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James Robertson was a pioneering photographer who worked in Istanbul in the mid-19th century. Born in London in 1813, he began his career as a lithographer before turning to photography. In 1844 he teamed up with Felice Beato, an Italian-British photographer, and together they set up a photographic studio in Istanbul. Robertson and Beato were among the first photographers to document the Ottoman Empire and its people. Their images captured the daily life, architecture and landscapes of Istanbul and other parts of the Empire. They also documented the Crimean War, which took place from 1853 to 1856, and produced some of the earliest war photography. Robertson's photographs are remarkable for their technical quality and artistic composition. He used the wet collodion process, which allowed for greater detail and clarity in the images. He also experimented with different angles and perspectives, creating dynamic and visually striking compositions. Some of Robertson's most famous photographs include 'The Seraglio Point from the Bosporus', 'The Suleymaniye Mosque' and 'The Bazaar at Constantinople'. His work was exhibited at international exhibitions, including the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867. Robertson continued to work as a photographer in Istanbul until his death in 1888. His legacy lives on through his stunning photographs, which offer a glimpse of a bygone era and a rich cultural heritage.

Antonio Beato was an Italian-British photographer born in Venice in 1835. He was the younger brother of Felice Beato, who was also a photographer. Antonio Beato is best known for his photographs of Egypt and the Middle East. In the 1850s, Antonio Beato and his brother Felice travelled to Constantinople (now Istanbul), where they opened a photographic studio. They quickly gained a reputation for their photographs of the city and its landmarks, and were commissioned by the Ottoman government to document the country's architectural heritage. In the 1860s, Antonio Beato moved to Cairo, where he continued to photograph Egypt and the Middle East. He photographed famous landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Temple of Karnak. He also took portraits of local people, including Bedouin tribesmen and members of the Egyptian royal family. Antonio Beato's photographs were widely published in books and magazines and were highly regarded for their technical quality and artistic composition. His images helped to popularise travel to Egypt and the Middle East and influenced other photographers who followed in his footsteps. Antonio Beato died in 1906 in Luxor, Egypt. His legacy lives on through his photographs, which are now held in collections around the world.

He was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first war photographers. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, and views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of Asia and the Mediterranean region. Beato's travels gave him the opportunity to create images of countries, people, and events that were unfamiliar and remote to most people in Europe and North America. His work provides images of such events as the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Second Opium War, and represents the first substantial body of photojournalism. He influenced other photographers, and his influence in Japan, where he taught and worked with numerous other photographers and artists, was particularly deep and lasting.

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