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In a magical month for photography in the Middle East, we are saddened to lose Ara Güler, a photographer who for years has been the world’s eye on Istanbul.
A life as an artist
Ara Güler (born Aram Terteryan) was born in 1928 to an Armenian family in the Beyoğlu district. The father is the owner of a pharmacy
He was immediately hired by the Yeni Istanbul newspaper and shortly afterwards he also started working for the Hürriyet newspaper. His ability to fully capture the soul of Istanbul will lead him first to numerous friendships in the literary field, including
The Eyes of Istanbul
Since 1958 in particular he has collaborated with magazines such as the Times, the Paris match and Der Stern. His incredible ability then led him to be noticed also by Henri Cartier-Bresson who will recruit him in his Magnum agency and will push him to participate in real photographic prizes.
With growing fame, Ara did not forget his country and for this reason he began several photographic tours to discover the hidden treasures of Turkey, giving new light to the entire country. His portraits of the great men of his time, both Turkish and non-Turkish, are also famous. Artists and politicians of the caliber of Dalì, Indira
Thanks to the sweet and familiar touch he gave to each photo, Ara Güler will forever be remembered as “The Eyes of Istanbul”. The photographer passed away on October 17 in his Istanbul, surrounded by what was his dearest treasure, to share with the whole world.
Check out Güler’s original photos on his website.
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