This article discusses the postcard repertoire of Bahaettin Rahmi Bediz (1875–1951), a Cretan-Turkish photographer working in Candia, Crete. The article contends that Bahaettin's work as a local photographer should be examined through what Michèle Hannoosh calls a “Mediterranean context.” This approach evaluates early photographic practices and visual representations alongside the varied networks of political and cultural subjectivities within a rapidly shifting Mediterranean region during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By analyzing Bahaettin's work through the lens of a Mediterranean context, one can read Bahaettin's affective voice within his images, as he documents radical political changes on the island.
Bahaettin Rahmi Bediz (1875–1951), postcards, Crete, Ottoman Empire, identity, memory, Eastern Question
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