© Ara Güler, 1957, Istanbul
“Nobody has captured, documented and preserved the Istanbul of the Fifties and Sixties, with its streets, pavements, shops, its run-down factories, its ships, horse-drawn carriages, busses, clouds, taxis, houses, bridges, chimneys, billows of smoke, people and its non-descript atmosphere, as well as Ara Güler,” who “photographs not only the visual elements of Istanbul’s streets, but their soul,” as Orhan Pamuk writes in the coffee-table book in which the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Magnum photographer touchingly pay joint homage to their hometown.
As the title image they chose the present photograph, which reflects the legendary Istanbul feeling of “hüzün”, a kind of melancholy, particularly well. The two dark figures in their boats, the glittering water, the famous mosques and the Galata Bridge in the distance, out of focus, shrouded by fog. (+)