Avedis Tobdjian was born in Ayntab (Ottoman Empire) in 1909. After WWI and due to the hostility against the Armenian population Avedis's family left Ayntab. In the early 1920s, together with his brother and his mother, Avedis  settled in Aleppo, which at that time was part of Syria under the French mandate. Later, in the mid or late 1920s, he and his family migrated to Argentina. They arrived in 1926 and settled in Cordoba.

Avedis was a creative young boy, talented in the arts. He had drawing skills and was very much appreciated by his teachers at the school. A full-length body portrait of the director of the school made by Avedis aroused the interest of the Marist Brothers running the Armenian catholic school of Aleppo, thus they gave him a scholarship and sent him to Paris to study art. However, Hripsime, his mother, being a young widow in exile, wouldn't let him go, she wanted to keep her sons close to her. In his desire to improve his artistic knowledge, Avedis lied to his mother saying that he was going to school and went to a photographer’s studio instead, which was very close to his school on Telal Street, (this might be the studio Gulbenk); there he would say that his mother had sent him to learn the art of photography. This is how he learned the profession that later helped him to rebuild his life in his new home in Argentina. While the others members of the family pursued more traditional Armenian trades and crafts like shoe making, fabric trading or jewelry making, he supported the family with his artistic skills.

Avedis (Luis) Tobdjian in the hills of Córdoba with his first camara. (approx. 1932)
Avedis (Luis) Tobdjian in the hills of Córdoba with his first camara. (approx. 1932)
Autoportrait from Avedis (Luis) Tobdjian, revelead sepia and coloured with pencils.and  wit (ca.1940)
Autoportrait from Avedis (Luis) Tobdjian, revelead sepia and coloured with pencils.and wit (ca.1940)

In the beginning, he would go to the playgrounds of Córdoba to photograph families and children, till he was able to open his first studio at 658 Alvear Street (Córdoba). His business continued to grow and he opened a new studio at 9 de Julio (Córdoba) and he started cooperating with the local newspaper; he would publish portraits of the high society in Córdoba in the society section on a weekly basis.He opted for the name LUIS as a studio name to integrate better in his new chosen home. In 1948, he moved to Buenos Aires with his wife and daughters and opened a studio in Charcas Street, in a renowned neighborhood. He also designed the furniture of his studio and prepared the scene while taking portraits of his clients.

His last studio was located at 4649 Triunvirato Street, in Colegiales (Buenos Aires).

Portraits

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis


Hermanas Trujillo

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

One of the "Hermanas Trujillo"

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis


This is a series of hand coloured photographs showing members of the family. From left Elena Tobdjian, Elena Jachadurian, Carlos Jachadurian, Araxi Jachadurian de Tobdjian.

One of the "Hermanas Trujillo"

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Male portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s/40s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Male portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Male portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Female portrait, name unknown

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Male portrait, "Pedro"

Year: 40s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Araxi

Year: 30s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis


Aída y Elena

Year: 40s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Luisita

Year: 50s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis

Elena

Year: 50s

Colección: Tobdjian

Estudio: Foto Luis



Portraits from the Photographer Avedis Tobdjian /foto Luis