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Ara Güler's Istanbul is a unique record of daily life in the cultural capital of Turkey from the 1940s to the 1980s, captured by the award-winning photographer and accompanied by an evocative foreword by Orhan Pamuk, the first Turkish recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

As the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Istanbul has lived through several empires and has a
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 12th 2009 by Thames & Hudson
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Thomas Hübner
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Really great artists are frequently very modest, even humble persons, says Orhan Pamuk in the introduction to the photo book Ara Güler's Istanbul.

Güler calls himself a photo journalist, but he is much more: a chronicler of his home town Istanbul since the late 1940s, a kind of archaeologist (since Istanbul has changed a lot in the last decades), but definitely also a great artist.

Ara Güler's Istanbul presents just a small sample of the more than 800,000 photos
A. Gulden
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Ara Güler's black and white Istanbul photos from the 1940s to the 1980s. Foreword by Orhan Pamuk. It has one of my favrourite Ara Güler's photo, too.
This is a beautifully-produced collection of photos taken by Ara Güler of a vanished Istanbul before prosperity took hold. Anything volume of photographs put together by Thames and Hudson will of course, be exquisite to behold.

I wonder why the editor chose Orhan Pamuk to write the forward. I know Pamuk's name may be more well-known to international audiences, but Yaşar Kemal's Turkey is much closer in theme to Ara Güler's than Pamuk's.

Here's another review of the book from Turkish Literature Mon
Emrecan Dogan
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Impressive collection of photographs on İstanbul and the human condition. Orhan Pamuk’s extended foreword is pretty good companion to the photos as well.
Michael L. Barrett
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One wonderful homage to Istanbul!
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Ermeni asıllı Türk fotoğrafçı, fotoğraf muhabiri ve yazardır.

1961 yılına kadar Hayat dergisinde fotoğraf bölümü şefi olarak çalıştı. 1961'de İngiltere'de yayınlanan Photography Annual, onu dünyanın en iyi yedi fotoğrafçısından biri olarak tanımladı. Aynı yıl Amerikan Dergi Fotoğrafçıları Derneği'ne kabul edildi ve bu kuruluşun Türkiye'den tek üyesi oldu. Fotoğraf dünyasının çok önemli yayınlarında

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