Alex Webb: Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names (Hardcover)

Alex Webb: Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names By Alex Webb (Photographer), Orhan Pamuk (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Alex Webb (Photographer), Orhan Pamuk (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781597110341
ISBN-10: 1597110345
Publisher: Aperture
Publication Date: May 1st, 2007
Pages: 136
Language: English