Ara Güler’s Istanbul

On display at the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris, Ara Güler’s photos of Istanbul during the 1950s and 60s are extraordinarily beautiful and surreal, almost otherworldly. They detail a city long shrouded in mystery and myth, celebrated in literature and song; a gateway between between Europe and the Far East. Here,  inside a city forever associated with images of domes and minarets, Güler gives us a glimpse of the once everyday and brings it to life, leaving it no less fantastic or ethereal having done so.

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3 Responses to “Ara Güler’s Istanbul”

  1. Oya Says:

    Oh wow. As someone who grew up in Istanbul until I was 17, those are really cool. I’m pretty sure I know where the second one was taken too.

  2. Zoetica Says:

    These are jaw-droppingly beautiful. The sky and perspective in that first one just suck you in!

  3. Mei Says:

    This is a beautiful photograph.