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Istanbul Alex Webb
1.       lessluv
1052 posts
 14 Jun 2009 Sun 05:48 am

What a fabulous book.....  a real insight to the real Istanbul

 

Check it out

 

all the images

 

In Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Magnum photographer Alex Webb displays his particular ability to distill gesture, color and contrasting cultural tensions into a single, beguiling frame. He presents a vision of Istanbul as an urban cultural center, rich with the incandescence of its past--a city of minarets and pigeons rising to the heavens during the early-morning call to Muslim prayers--yet also a city riddled with ATM machines and clothed in designer jeans. Webb began photographing Istanbul in 1998, and became instantly enthralled: by the people, the layers of culture and history, the richness of street life. But what particularly drew him in was a sense of Istanbul as a border city, lying between Europe and Asia. "For 30-some years as a photographer, I have been intrigued by borders, places where cultures come together, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly." The resulting body of work, some of Webb´s strongest to date, conveys the frisson of a culture in transition, yet firmly rooted in a complex history. With essay by the Nobel Prize winning novelist, Orhan Pamuk.

2.       Chantal
587 posts
 14 Jun 2009 Sun 08:58 am

They are definitely beautiful photos! I just miss the fact that he doesn´t clearly show the modern people in Istanbul, now it feels to me as if there are only western advertisements but no western people..

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