Ara Güler’s Istanbul: 40 Years of Photographs

Third photograph in book (title: Eminönü, 1956):

I got this coffee-table book as a thank-you for giving a lecture in Istanbul a few years back, and it is really lovely. Although the title is 40 Years of Photographs, they are concentrated in the late 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, giving a sense of a vibrant and human European city full of change but also of history. Although they are at opposite ends of Europe, a lot of the people in Güler’s photographs look very much like their Irish counterparts. And in any case they are just beautiful compositions. The book has an impassioned foreword by Orhan Pamuk. You can get it here.

This was the non-fiction book that had lingered longest unread on my shelves. Next on that pile is The Devil Kissed Her: The Story of Mary Lamb, by Kathy Watson.