'The interior of the Yerevan closed market'

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'The interior of the Yerevan closed market', by Ida Kar, 1957 - NPG x134146 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'The interior of the Yerevan closed market'

by Ida Kar
vintage print, 1957
9 1/8 in. x 7 3/8 in. (233 mm x 186 mm) overall
Purchased, 1999
Photographs Collection
NPG x134146


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  • Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1495 portraits, Sitter in 137 portraits.

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Kar returned to Armenia in 1957, both to fulfil a commission and to see her ageing parents, whom she had not seen for ten years. She was treated as an honoured guest and, assisted by her fluency in Russian and Armenian, her comfortable base at the Hotel Armenia and her government driver, she enjoyed a productive visit.
The two boys posing for Kar inside the covered market in Erevan are seen among soldiers in Russian uniform, who, Kar noted, stood to remind 'loungers on the steps of the collective market that this is the USSR'.

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