Photographer’s profile: Ara Guler
” The most challenging country is India. They make things difficult when visiting.It is impossible not to be impressed .Especially their religion, patterns of their lives so fantastic with their ever changing compositions…The population is huge, everywhere it’s teeming with people. Someone burns something the other runs,while something else goes on at the other side,so an absolute chaos and activity. Great crowds and no one knows whats going on.No one is aware whose hand is in whose pocket. Where to look, what to shoot is confusing” Ara Guler from the book Ara Guler ,Fotocep
Recently I visited Turkey with a friend of mine and there for the first time I discovered the work of Mr. Guler. I had seen some his work earlier on Magnum website , but only when you visit the country do you realise how important the person’s work is and how well is he known across the country. The most well known photographer from Turkey he’s known as the eye of Istanbul.
Galata bridge,Istanbul@Ara Guler
I like this book . It has a quote or thought by Ara on one side and a picture on the other. The book has both black and white and colour pictures. One can see pictures from earlier Istanbul, of which only traces remain now. As i went around in search of local fishermen and ship workers, I was told development came and the earlier route has now been replaced by bridge. I enjoyed the country a lot. I shall put up my pictures soon . Loved wandering on the streets, soaking up the sun and getting engulfed in its culture. Wherever we went we were followed by the blue water of sea of Marmara.
Bread and Gun,Ankara @Ara Guler
Here ‘s one more thought by Mr. Guler
“The actual taking of the photograph is very important and rather difficult. It is determining a piece of reality and fixing it for eternity. One has to learn to see. Most look but never see. And also, a photographer has to stay int he shadows. Otherwise it will lose its naturalness.”