Heads up photography enthusiasts as Visioncy agency is taking a deep dive into one of the 20th century’s most iconic photojournalists. Known as ‘the Eye of Istanbul’, Ara Güler had a career that spanned almost six decades in which time he amassed some 800,000 photographic slides – all stored in his vast archive.
Ara Güler Universal seeks to showcase his lifetime achievements through a series of 180 photographs, featuring a chronology of his work from black and white shots in 1960’s Turkey to vibrant colour photographs in modern-day Istanbul. Güler was also a prolific portraitist and some of his most striking examples will be on display here.
Curated by Patrice Vallette, the exhibition was initially planned as a worldwide project with the starting point in KL, and with tours in other European and Asian cities in the pipeline. With travel restrictions in place, the exhibition was reimagined as a virtual project that will also encompass talks, debates, and an exclusive interview with Güler himself in which he discusses his experience working with celebrities like Pablo Picasso and Sofia Loren.
With the goal to reveal the man behind the camera, the exhibition will bring into focus Güler from an early age during his travels to cities including Şişli, Ortaköy, Beyoğlu where his passion for cinema quickly led to a love for the lens. We find out what helped shape his style and philosophy which has always been centred around being a ‘visual historian’.
One of the few recipients of the Leica award (he spent much his career using the Leica 21mm), Güler became much more than just a photographer throughout his career – he became a storyteller on many levels, celebrating the world’s cultural narrative in his pictures. The many prizes and accolades he picked up in his life are testament to that.
The exhibition will run from 16 December-17 February, and a book will also be available to commemorate this legend’s life. Don’t miss this expose on one of the legends of photography in the past 100 years – find out what made the man tick, his thoughts and his reflections on his work.
Head over to araguleruniversal.com and visioncy.org to view the exhibition once it starts and find out more information on this extensive project.