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Ara Güler
Lost Istanbul: 1950s and 60s
Laura Serani, September 14, 2017
1958 Galata Balıkçılar
1958 Galata Balıkçılar
 
His images of Istanbul similarly demonstrate his deep love of the city and its inhabitants. They are a portrait of a city in constant movement, day and night, crossed and recrossed by activity on land and water, in the labyrinth of small streets in the older quartiers, as well as on the major arteries of the town centre and Golden Horn. Ara Güler's Istanbul, melancholy and fog-shrouded, is illuminated not by the ostentatious remnants of the Ottoman Empire, but by streetlights lit at nightfall, the reflections from rainy pavements, the headlights of cars climbing the hill toward Beyoglu, and the lights from ferries along the Bosphorus.

1964 Salacak
1964 Salacak
 
This Istanbul is full of stories, of references to literature, painting and cinema, fields in which he has many friends. Güler says, "Our world was created by artists: I looked for them everywhere and took their photographs". Marvelous portraits of Chagall, Calder, Bill Brandt, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, Fellini, Bertrand Russel, Yasar Kemal, Orhan Pamuk, are in his archives, revealing a further aspect of his work and talent. Güler also travelled throughout the world, from Kazakhstan to Papua New Guinea via Iran, India, Kenya.

1955 GALATA KÖPRÜSÜ VAPURLAR-EMİNÖNÜ VE HALİÇ
1955 GALATA KÖPRÜSÜ VAPURLAR-EMİNÖNÜ VE HALİÇ
 
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