Ara Güler

The photojournalist Ara Güler, whose iconic black and white images illustrate 'Stamboul Ghosts', was born in Istanbul, in 1928, the son of an Armenian-Turkish pharmacist. In the late 1950s he became Time Life's first Near East correspondent, and was recruited by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join the young agency Magnum Photos. His photographs, a vivid record of daily life in 20th-century Istanbul, have been the subject of numerous books. A museum dedicated to his work is scheduled to open in Istanbul in 2018.


Stamboul Ghosts: A Stroll Through Bohemian Istanbul

Ara Güler

Colourful, cosmopolitan, hard-drinking, often outrageous characters throng this rollicking memoir by the late John Freely, who moved with his family to Istanbul in 1960 and changed travel writing for good with his 1972 guide, Strolling Through Istanbul. Dozens of books on travel, history and science would follow. READ MORE

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