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Photography as Policing Infrastructure During the Late Ottoman Empire

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Photography as Policing Infrastructure During the Late Ottoman Empire

TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research

by Forum Transregionale Studien · Published 11. March 2021 · Updated 13. April 2021

By İlkay Yilmaz

In the 19th century, the Ottoman Empire attempted to construct new technologies of transportation and communication in its territories. These were not only new technologies for the empire, they were also new to the rest of the world. Their use in administrative structures changed governing practices both in the empire and globally.

One of these new technologies was photography. Analysing how photography was used as an infrastructure of policing – no less than railroads or telegraph lines – enables us to understand institutional relations and concentrations of control at a time when the empire was dealing with increasing political unrest and revolutionary activity.

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