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About

Photojournalist, a book by Nezih Tavlas, provides a compelling and in-depth look into the life of Ara Guler who is regarded as one of the most accomplished documentary photographers of the 20th century and the pioneer of photojournalism in Turkey.

The book lists all of Guler’s professional accomplishments while also providing rare insight into his personal life and his photographic legacy amounts to over two million stories told.

Born into a Turkish-Armenian family in Istanbul in 1928, Ara Guler who has been given the nickname, "The Eye of Istanbul" and also described as “one of the most important living representatives of creative photography today.”

 

From The Author

During the time that I was writing Ara Guler's biography I spent more than 3 years (2007-2009) with him. Initially, he was irritated by being the subject, but later, he got used to it and gave his blessing for my work.
Wherever Ara Guler is on the globe, people are at the core of his photographic scope; some are known by everyone and some are only ordinary people.
He reveres and brings the person in the focus to the foreground.
He shoots these frames with love and adoration:
Ara Guler knows everyone he photographs: where they have come from, what they do, their hopes, and concerns, thus magically he knows which position and which pose would reflect them the best. For he believes in photography to be a magic that will encapsulate and transmit a moment of our flowing life to the future times.
Ara Guler is one of the, not only Turkey's but the world's, best.
What puts him in the same league with Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier Bresson and Paul Strand like representatives of photographic realism as much as his life-long career, intellectual knowledge and outbursts putting philosophers to shame are his amateur enthusiasm, curiosity, and his boyishness and romanticism that he has been able to maintane.
And of course, Ara Guler's photographs explain a lot. Each portrait, national and international, bears a potential for pages and pages of comments. Each Ara Guler frame carries the clues of his authorship, wisdom, theatricality.
Therefore unexceptionally every image from his lenses tell everyone that "This is an Ara Guler photograph".

Book Reviews

You can check out the reviews to see what everyone is saying about the PHOTOJOURNALIST: The Life Story of Ara Guler

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Magnum Consortium

"Nezih Tavlas's book Photojournalist details Ara Guler's life, by providing chronological details starting from the day he was born up until now, and also includes dialogue with Guler as well as photographs from his family albums"
Magnum Consortium

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PEN Turkey

"We are pleased to announce that the valuable work called "Photojournalist- Life Story of Ara Guler" manifested through the diligent comprehensive approach and qualified penmanship of Nezih Tavlas and which portrays the exemplary artistry and inspirational struggle of survival of Ara Guler who is our internationally renown master of observation and the objective has been selected BOOK OF THE MONTH and we would like to extend our gratitude to Ara Guler, our great artist for many more years."
The Board of PEN International Turkey

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Eye of Photography

"You will hold your breath as you read the incredible tales of Ara Guler's life as he ran after wars, coups, civilizations, disasters and people which changed the fate of the world. These pages bear witness to the efforts and the price Master Ara Guler ended up paying to be able to be in the right place at the right time..."
The Eye of Photography Magazine

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LER Magazine

"In a homonymous book with a foreword by his friend and colleague Nezih Tavlas, the Armenian "proudly Turkish", as Ara describes himself, sighs: "Photojournalists are those who go after the bomb when it is about to explode; the ones who run towards death and risk their lives. Photojournalists write the story with the camera."
LER Magazine

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Anadolu Agency

"The godfather of Turkish photography: Ara Guler. Profile of Turkey's legendary photographer Ara Guler, also known as Istanbul's Eye."Guler always wanted to be a playwright," wrote, Nezih Tavlas in a biography on Guler called "Photojournalist."
Anadolu News Agency

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Book of The Month Club

"The book lists all of Guler's professional accomplishments while also providing rare insight into his personal life and his photographic legacy amounts to over two million stories told."
Book of The Month Club