Friday, April 5, 2013

The Eye Of Istanbul - ARA GULER


Ara Guler (born in August 16, 1928, Istanbul, Turkey), Armenian origin, is one of the most famous Turkish photojournalists and nicknamed as “the Eye of Istanbul” or “the Photographer of Istanbul”

“Beauty is hidden in details...” World known photographer, Ara GULER’s picture- book named “Ara GULER” published by Eczacibasi “photographer series no: 2” reminds this sentence. While you will look into the pictures of Ara GULER, you will start to keep saying “how I didn’t see this beautiful door or window or just fragment of the door. He is like a guide of different dimension where the beauties unveil themselves and he pointed out for us to see...

Ara traveled for photography assignments to countries, such as Kenya, Borneo, New Guinea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran and other cities of Turkey. In 1970s, he also took photography interviews with noteworthy artists and politicians, like Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Ansel Adams, Alfred Hitchcock, Imogen Cunningham, Willy Brandt,John Berger,Maria Callas, Bertrand Russell, Pablo Picasso, Indira Gandhi, and Winston Churchill.

In addition, Ara also directed The End of the Hero, a 1975 documentary based on fiction on a World War I battle cruiser.

Ara's work is included in the collections of institutions worldwide, such as Paris's National Library of France; New York's George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.

He has won several awards for his work, including Turkey's Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France's Légion d'honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey's Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul's Yıldız Technical University.

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