JEAN SÉBAH & POLICARPE JOAILLIER / dit: SÉBAH & JOAILLIER (f. 1890 / act: Constantinople)
The famous photographic studio that Pascal Sébah began in 1857 lasted 95 years. After Pascal's death in 1886, his brother Cosmi Sébah managed the studio for a few years. By 1888 Pascal's son Jean (1872-1947), who was then sixteen years old, had begun to take an interest in his father's firm, and with the help of his uncle went into partnership with another Istanbul photographer, the Frenchman Policarpe Joaillier. Thereafter the studio was known as 'Sébah & Joaillier', and became a huge success from the beginning, and the Cairo branch was reactivated. Jean also began his own career as a photographer and some of his images are signed 'J.P. Sébah' on the negative, as he began putting his initial in front of his father's. Others from this period are signed 'Sébah & Joaillier'. Joaillier returned to Paris in the early 1900s, but Jean Sébah continued the studio, forming a partnership in 1910 with Hagop Iskender and Leo Perpignani. The latter left the firm in 1914. Jean Sébah and Hagop Iskender retired in 1934, leaving the business to Iskender's son, Bedros Iskender and his partner, Ismail Insel. Ismail Insel eventually became sole partner and renamed the studio 'Foto Sabah' (Sabah means 'morning' in Turkish), which remained in business until 1952 .
Jean Sébah died on 6 June 1947, at the age of 75, and was buried in the Latin cemetery in Ferikoy.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2005]
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ÖZTUNCAY, BAHATTIN The Photographers of Constantinople: Pioneers, Studios and Artists from 19th Century Istanbul 2003 Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul