Istanbul, Foto Galatasaray: Tell Me Your Story

My name is Anahit Ghazaryan, and I am a researcher from Armenia. I am currently in Istanbul trying to find people who have met Maryam Shahinyan or had their photo taken at her studio—Foto Galatasaray—in Istanbul from 1935 to 1985.

These photos are easily recognizable, as they have the Foto Galatasaray stamp on the back. Also, if you have any stories or personal accounts about her, please reach out to me:․ Please share this call with anyone has migrated from Istanbul as well.

Maryam Shahinyan

Maryam Shahinyan is the first professional female photographer of the Republic of Turkey. My aim is to create an archive of photos and memories, as well as eventually publish a book based on those accounts. 


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  1. Hello to whom this may concern
    I hope I am not too late to make contact. I wrote an email to Mr. Serttas but never received reply.Ihave a photo that is stamped Foto Galatasaray with date Aral.1956 #179.I am currently researching my ancestry and this photo was in my family album. Knowing that the photos have been cataloged I was hoping you could give me the names of the people in the photo #179 , a mother and her 2 children , a boy and a girl.
    Anxiously awaiting your reply Respectfully, Patricia Perreault USA

  2. I was very excited to find that Foto Galatasaray still existed after searching the stamp on the back of my photo on the internet and to read Maryan Sahinyan’s history. She was a pioneer in the field of photography for women in Turkey. She must have been an amazing woman. I feel privileged to have a photo stamped Foto Galatasaray knowing the photo was taken by her. Just trying to find answers.
    Didn’t realize the Armenian Weekly is out of Boston MA. I’m from Manchester NH and had many Armenian friends.
    Respectfully yours, Patricia

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