Culture and Tourism Office

Evening dedicated to Ara Güler

The documentary about the life and work of Ara Güler , "The Eye of Istanbul" and 40 of his works, during a parallel exhibition, were successfully presented to friends of Photography, fans of Ara Güler, Diplomats and Journalists present on Thursday, 12th of May, at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Street building. The event was organized by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens.

Left photo (From Left) Fatih Kaymak, director of “The Eye of Istanbul” documentary, Kerim Uras, H.E. the Ambassador of Turkey in Athens, Ümran Safter, Producer and Nezih Tavlaş, Documentary Advisor and Biographer of Ara Güler.

Right Photo (from left): Ümran Safter, Producer, Nezih Tavlaş, Documentary Advisor and Biographer of Ara Güler, Aslı Aksungur, Attaché of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy and Fatih Kaymak, director of the documentary "The Eye of Istanbul".


Left photo: View of the amphitheater during the film screening.

Right Photo (from left): Kerim Uras, H.E. The Ambassador of Turkey in Athens, Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of Beyoğlu and Lakis Vingas, Representative of Minority Charitable Foundations.

 

A few words about "The Eye of Istanbul"

The documentary of Binnur Karaevli and Fatih Kaymak tells the story of Ara Güler, during the preparation of the retrospective exhibition in Istanbul. In the documentary, Ara Güler remembers the stories behind his most iconic photos, thus making them even more vivid. The documentary has been included and received honorary distinctions in international festivals such as the DC Independent Film Festival, South East European Film Festival Los Angeles and the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.

A few Words about Ara Güler

Ara Güler, despite being 87 years old, still remains a complex and unforgettable character: perceptive, witty and philosophical. Although he is known for his survey of human life and important historical events since the Second World War in Istanbul, Turkey, his international career lasted for more than sixty years and includes the creation of more than one million photographs. Ara Güler compares himself to a historian who has "immortalized" human life and become a witness to the most important events for more than half a century, which explains the nickname by which he is most commonly reffered to, "the Eye of Istanbul".

 

View of the Photography Exhibition chamber.

Inauguration Of Culture Office

The inauguration of the Office of Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy in Athens took place on Saturday, 6 December, 2014 in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, on the sidelines of the 3rd Greece-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council held in Athens.

Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the two Ministers held a brief meeting, during which they discussed the cooperation prospects between the two countries in the area of tourism, a sector of vital importance for the economy and growth of both countries, given that Turkey as well as Greece constitute attractive tourist destinations. 

The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens represents the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey in Greece. It was established one (1) year ago and it has served to present and promote the Turkish cultural heritage in Greece as well as to highlight the country as a tourist destination. At the same time, it has undertaken initiatives and implemented actions in cooperation with competent authorities in Greece and Turkey so as to support major cultural and tourism events in addition to promoting inspired artists in the context of the cooperation between the two countries.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur, the Secretary General of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), Mr. Panos Livadas, the Vice-president of GNTO, Mr. Christoforos Kaparounakis, the Director General for Tourism Promotion of the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Mr. Irfan Önal, as well as officials from both ministries.

Seen from left: The Culture and Tourism Attaché of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Ms. Asli Gündoğdu Aksungur welcomes the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, Mr. Ömer Çelik, the Greek Minister of Tourism, Ms. Olga Kefalogianni, and the Secretary General of GNTO, Mr. Panos Livadas, at the Office of Culture and Tourism.