Ara Guler’s Istanbul


A portrait in photographs and texts of Istanbul from the 1940s to the 1980s, captured by two greats of contemporary Turkish culture

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Ara Güler


Ara Güler’s Istanbul is a vivid photographic record of daily life in the cultural capital of Turkey from the 1940s to the 1980s. Captured through the unerring lens of the award-winning Ara Güler, the ‘Eye of Istanbul’, the city’s melancholy aesthetic oscillates between tradition and modernity. As the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Istanbul has lived through several empires and has a character that is as many-layered as its history – something that Güler’s photographs convey with great sensitivity. These remarkable black-and-white images are accompanied by an evocative foreword by Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Both writer and photographer were born in Istanbul, and each in his youth held the ambition of becoming a painter. Here, each in his own way paints a brushless picture of his home town and captures, through the image and the word, its very soul.

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Weight 1360 g
Dimensions 22.4 x 28.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 12 November 2009
Number of pages 184
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.4 x 28.9 cm
Weight 1360 g


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Born in 1928,Ara Güler is not only one of the masters of photography inTurkey, but holds a prominent place in the pantheon of the world's great photographers. In 1958 he became a photojournalist for Time-Life, Paris Match and Der Stern. He has received countless awards, and has photographed many luminaries includingWinston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Bertrand Russell,Alfred Hitchcock, Maria Callas, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso.