Johannes Krikorian, Palestine/Jerusalem, 1917
The Krikorian studio operated for over forty years with Garabed’s son, Johannes, taking over upon his father’s death. Johannes Krikorian, who also spent several years in Cologne, Germany, to further his photographic training, followed father’s footsteps and became the preeminent studio photographer in Jerusalem, Palestine.
Another of Garabed’s students, Khalil Raad, opened his studio in 1890, across the street from the Krikorian studio, causing some intense competition between the two pioneering photographers. Peace was found when Raad’s niece, Najla Raad was betrothed to Johannes Krikorian and she became known as the peace bride. Both Kirkorian and Raad continued a tradition that their mentor started, that of creating elaborate studio props with traditional Palestinian costumes that their clients (including foreign tourists) in which they wanted to be photographed.