Tabla Player in Samarkand

As with many of these photos from this early period, this is a staged photograph as you can clearly see there is a backdrop that has been suspended in back of the man. But there is some signficant information of ethnograhic interest offered here - note the rug on which he is seated, a weaving presumably from the middel Amu Darya region and one which we would call 'Beshir' today.