Paul Zepdji was “The photographer of Thessaloniki” in de last decades of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century. His photographs which depicted Thessaloniki street scenes and people from all ethnic groups have been reproduced in many 19th century postcards.

Paul Zepdji was Armenian (like many pioneers photographers in the second half of 19th c. in the Ottoman Empire). The name “Paul” is the West European equivalent of the Armenian name “Պողոս” which in the official –eastern– Armenian language is written (and sound) as Poghos, (phon. [poγos]). Zepdji worked with the Armenian Bukmedji in Smyrna, Turkey before coming to Thessaloniki –sometime in the early 1870s where he settled and photographed the people and the city of Thessaloniki for the following decades. His logo appears in photographs until late 1910s with the address from his studio Rue de Vardar (Vardar Street) number 90 , Thessaloniki.

One of his original photographs from 1890s titled “Bulgarian family of Thessaloniki” is in the private collection of the author of this lexicon, purchased from auction house A. Karamitsos, Thessaloniki on 10th July 2020, lot number 8649. This photograph has been reproduced later in several postcards with different description: “Macedonian family from Thessaloniki” and “Greek family from Thessaloniki”.

Source of information: “Paul Zepdji – Thessaloniki” part 1 and 2 by Spiros Alevropoulоs.

Paul Zepdji (XIX-XX) “Bulgarian / Macedonian /Greek family from Thessaloniki” photograph, ~1890
Paul Zepdji (XIX-XX) “Bulgarian / Macedonian /Greek family from Thessaloniki” photograph, ~1890
Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
3 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
3 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
4 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
4 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
5 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
5 Pau2 Zepdji XIX XX Bulgarian Macedonian Greek family from Thessaloniki photograph 1890
Paul Zepdji XIX XX photograph with a logo from his studio
Paul Zepdji XIX XX photograph with a logo from his studio

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Vlatko potpis s

This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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