1900 - 1910s
No biographical information about this photographer has been found. We know of only a few photographs with Vardanyan's studio seal, which indicates that his business survived for a relatively short time only. The indifferent quality of these cabinet portraits as well as the primitive staging of the sitters all speak of Vardanyan's lack of professional experience. Most likely, Vardanyan was a journeyman operator who offered much cheaper and faster services than some of the other, more prominent photography studios in Baku at the beginning of the 20th century. Correspondingly, his photographs almost always present workers, artisans, peasants and students and are therefore of interesting from the perspective of pre-Soviet social and cultural history.
Azerbaijan, Russian Empire
National Library of Georgia, Tbilisi