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Dervishes were a common subject for foreign photographers of the late Qajar period. These photographs helped to create and fed the stereotypes of exotic Easterners, but nevertheless they are useful historical records of the period.

Antoin Sevruguin

Photographs of Iranian dervishes by Antoin Sevruguin are mostly taken around 1900 to 1905.

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervishes, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dervish, Photographer: Antoin Sevruguin, around 1901

Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov

Photographs of the Russian photographer, Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, are mostly taken during the early 1870s during his trip to Iran.

Dervish, Photographer: Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, around 1870s

Dervishes, Photographer: Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, around 1870s

Dervishes, Photographer: Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, around 1870s

Dervish, Photographer: Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, around 1870s

Dervish, Photographer: Dmitri Ivanovich Yermakov, around 1870s

Post cards

Dervishes, postcard from early 1900s

Dervishes, postcard from early 1900s

Dervishes, postcard from early 1900s

Postcard from the collection of ARYA Philatelic

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Postcard from the collection of ARYA Philatelic

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Postcard from the collection of ARYA Philatelic

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Dervish, postcard from early 1900s

Other pictures

Dervishes, Mollahs and Seyyeds, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, Library of Congress

Dervishes, Mollahs and Seyyeds, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, Library of Congress

Dervishes, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, Library of Congress

Dervishes, between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915, Library of Congress

Portrait of a Dervish, late 19th-early 20th century, Brooklyn Museum

Jewish dervishes Agha-Jaan Darvish and his brother, patriarchs of the Darvish family. Tehran, Iran, c.1922.

Jewish dervishes Agha-Jaan Darvish and his brother, patriarchs of the Darvish family. Tehran, Iran, c.1922. (Image source: Esther’s Children, edited by Houman Sarshar.)

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