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

Studio portrait of three young women in urban clothes

Studio portrait of three young women in urban clothes, © Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanovaenlarge


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Object:Studio portrait of three young women in urban clothes
Description:Full length shot of a group of three seated women. One of them is sitting in front of a parapet while the other two are leaning on it. The latter are reading a sheet of paper, presumably a letter. All of them are wearing town dresses and flower-adorned hats. One is holding a fan. A painted canvas backdrop is creating the illusion of the scene being set in nature.
Comment:Among the women school leavers is Rayna Baldzhieva Karastoyanova (1878 – ~ 1958). Rayna graduated from Sofia’s First Women’s High School and married in 1898 the photographer Dimitar 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 (Boncho) and Bozhidar Karastayanov became the Karastoyanov family’s third generation of photographers.
Creator:Karastoyanov, Dimitar Anastasov, (Photographer)
Dimensions:Artefact: 220mm x 160mm
Format:Not specified
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:210 Records > 215 Photography
290 Clothing
550 Individuation and Mobility > 551 Personal Names
550 Individuation and Mobility > 554 Status, Role, and Prestige
590 Familiy
650 Government Activities > 658 Public Education
870 Education
880 Adolescene, Adulthood, and Old Age
890 Gender Roles and Issues
Bibliography:Boev, Petar (1973): Dimitar Karastoyanov 1856 - 1919. In: Balgarsko Foto, Vol. 7: 30
Boev, Petar (1983): Fotografskoto izkustvo v Balgaria /1856 - 1944/. Sofia: DI "Septemvri", 198.
Copyright:Личен Архив Биляна Брайкова Карастоянова
Archive:Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanova, Inv. No.: BK_033
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova