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

Studio portrait of Rayna Karastoyanova

Studio portrait of Rayna Karastoyanova, © Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanovaenlarge


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Object:Studio portrait of Rayna Karastoyanova
Description:Half length shot of a woman in a light-coloured urban dress, standing in front of a curtain.
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: 223mm x 119mm
Image: 183mm x 93mm
Technique:Not specified
Keywords:210 Records > 215 Photography
290 Clothing
590 Familiy
890 Gender Roles and Issues
Copyright:Личен Архив Биляна Брайкова Карастоянова
Archive:Bilyana Braykova Karastoyanova, Inv. No.: BK_063
License:This picture is licensed under Creative Commons [CC BY-NC-ND 3.0]
Editor:Anelia Kassabova