23 October Wednesday

Ara Güler Photography Exhibition in Karaköy-Tunnel

Istanbul Electric Tramway and Tunnel Inc. (İETT) is holding a photo exhibition at Karaköy-Tunnel in memory of Ara Guler – renowned Turkish photographer and photojournalist who passed away last year.

The exhibition, which constitutes mainly of Ara Güler's old Istanbul photographs, also includes a selection of his own personal photographs.

The Ara Güler Exhibition will welcome its visitors at the Tunnel station in Karaköy until the end of November, between 7:00 am – 22:45 pm.

Who is Ara Güler?

Born in Istanbul in 1928, Ara Güler became an internationally-acclaimed pioneer in Turkey's creative photography. In the early phases of his career, he worked as a Near East photojournalist for Time-Life, Paris Match and Stern magazines, and his photos were distributed globally by Magnum Photos. Güler was named one of the world’s best 7 photographers by the British Journal of Photography in 1961. In the same year, he became the first Turkish member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP).

In 1962, he was awarded the “Master of Leica” title in Germany, and his work was featured in a special issue of the Swiss Camera magazine – one of the world's leading photography publications at the time. Güler also photographed the images for Lord Kinross' book “Hagia Sophia” in 1971, and the cover photo for "Picasso: Métamorphose et Unité" in celebration of Pablo Picasso's 90th birthday. His photos on art and art history were published in leading publications including Time-Life, Horizon and Newsweek, as well as by the Skira publishing house.

Güler's photographs of famous Ottoman architect Sinan's buildings were collected in a 1992 book titled "Sinan: Architect of Süleyman the Magnificent", and published by Edition Arthaud in France, and Thames & Hudson Publications in the US and UK.

In 2002, he was awarded the “Légion d'honneur: Officier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French government. In 2009, he received "La Médaille de la Ville de Paris" from the Paris Municipality.

Güler was granted the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Culture and Arts Grand Award in 2005, the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Culture and Arts Service Award in 2008, the Turkish Grand National Assembly Superior Service Award in 2009, the US Lucie Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Culture and Arts Grand Award in 2011.

Ara Güler passed away on October 17, 2018 at the age of 90.

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