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VIF | Visualizing Family, Gender Relations and the Body. The Balkans approx. 1860-1950

Studio portrait of Rayna Baldzhieva-Karastoyanova

Studio portrait of Rayna Baldzhieva-Karastoyanova, © Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanovaenlarge


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Object:Studio portrait of Rayna Baldzhieva-Karastoyanova
Description:Vignetted head and shoulder profile shot of a woman in a light-coloured urban dress with a necklace and a watch.
Comment:Rayna Baldzhieva Karastoyanova (1878 – ~ 1958). Rayna graduated from Sofia’s First Women’s High School and married in 1898 the photographer Dimitar Anastasov Karastoyanov. She started to work as a retoucher in her husband’s photographic studio. However, she soon became a photographer herself. Although Rayna worked independently and continued the photographic business until approximately 1936 after Dimitar’s death in 1919, there are hardly any photographs signed by her personally. The family had four sons: Bogdan, Vladimir, Bozhidar and Lyuben. Bogdan Dimitrov Karastoyanov and Bozhidar Dimitrov Karastoyanov became the Karastoyanov family’s third generation of photographers.
Date:Not before 1896
Creator:Karastoyanov, Dimitar Anastasov, (Photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 160mm x 100mm
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:210 Records > 215 Photography
290 Clothing
300 Adornment
550 Individuation and Mobility > 551 Personal Names
550 Individuation and Mobility > 554 Status, Role, and Prestige
590 Familiy
880 Adolescene, Adulthood, and Old Age
890 Gender Roles and Issues
Copyright:Личен Архив Биляна Брайкова Карастоянова
Archive:Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanova, Inv. No.: BK_014
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova