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.

"Timeless City Istanbul & Faces"


A different trip to the eternal city - Istanbul enjoyed lovers of photography through the lens of Mustafa Dedeoğlu as well as friends, partners, representatives of bodies of Tourism and representatives of Embassies that attended the inauguration of the exhibition entitled Timeless City Istanbul & Faces on Friday, October 16th 2015. The exhibition is organized by the Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the Image Gallery.


The Ambassador of Turkey in Athens, Mr. Kerim Uras shown around the exhibition by the photographer Mustafa Dedeoğlu/ the photographer Mustafa Dedeoğlu and the Attaché of Culture and Tourism of Turkish Embassy in Athens, Mr. Aslı Gündoğdu Aksungur 


The exhibition will be open to the public from 17-25 October 2015.


Turkey's Ambassador in Athens Mr. Kerim Uras conversing with the famous chef from Istanbul Mrs. Maria Ekmektzioglou


The exhibition "Timeless City Istanbul & Faces" is the result of eight years’ work of Mustafa Dedeoğlu and reflects the unique atmosphere that exudes the history of Istanbul - which although has been for centuries a location of concentration of many different cultures- its enchanting picture has remained unchanged over time.

Photography Exhibition of M. Dedeoğlu

The Culture and Tourism Office of the Turkish Embassy in Athens in cooperation with The Image Gallery, organizes the photography exhibition of Mustafa Dedeoğlu under the title "Timeless City İstanbul & Faces" at the Image Gallery (Amalias 36). The exhibition will be open for the public from 17 to 25 October 2015.

The exhibition under the title "Timeless City Istanbul & Faces" is the result of 8 years of work and reflects the atmosphere of the unique story of İstanbul – the city that has been home to many cultures for centuries, although its majestic silhouette remained unchanged through the passage of years.

«I think of my photos as means of storytelling rather than mere reporting. Taking photos for me is a way of self-expression, understanding how I see myself and the world around me, the way I feel about it » he says as he introduces himself to us.

Mustafa Dedeoğlu's works are published in various local and foreign titles on art. The artist also shares his creations through exhibitions. Mustafa Dedeoğlu has been displaying his art in Russia, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, FYROM, America, Tehran and France.


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