Exploring Istanbul through the eyes of Ara Güler
(VNF) - Hanoians are invited to the photo exhibition “The Eye of Istanbul” by Turkish photographer Ara Güler from July 21st.
Istanbul, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, stands at the intersection of a multitude of cultures, religions and languages. At once modern and traditional, it’s a city that has fascinated and intrigued visitors for centuries.
Ara Güler, born 1928 in Istanbul, is arguably Turkey’s most eminent photographer having captured the everyday life of the city’s inhabitants for over 60 years. His images of Istanbul similarly demonstrate his deep love of the city and its inhabitants. They don’t really document modernization, they capture what is disappearing in the city and in the Turkish society. In the images of the 50s and 60s, we can feel the deep nostalgia that Ara Güler has for those times.
His work has been featured across international titles – Time, Life, Stern and Paris Match, to name a few. Despite years of being on the road and photographing famous luminaries, Güler’s heart remains rooted in Istanbul. He bears witness to its many changes, and continues to find inspiration photographing the city with his Leica camera.
A testament to the responsibility he carries as a photojournalist, Güler once said, “photography is not an art, it is more important than art”.
Ara Güler is the recipient of the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2016.
The exhibition will be last until August 21st at Leica Boutique Hanoi (14 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi)./.