Akbank Sanat will host a look at the art and work of the great photography master Ara Güler, Jan. 9.
After a presentation of photographs taken at different periods by Güler, a colloquy will take place, including the topics of documentary photography, the history of photojournalism in Turkey, the changing face of Istanbul, Magnum photography and photography and other arts, as well as memories and anecdotes.
Güler attaches the greatest importance to the human presence in his photographs and describes himself as a “visual historian.” Güler’s work has been collected by international institutions, such as the National Library of France in Paris; the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York; University of Nebraska-Lincoln Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery; and Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
He believes photography should provide a memory of people, of their lives and especially of their suffering. While he thinks that art lies, he believes that only photography can reflect reality. The event is free of charge, and the program will be prepared by Merih Akoğul.