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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

PHOTOJOURNALIST: The Life Story of Ara Guler -- 1


MUST-HAVE BOOK CHRONICLING COLORFUL LIFE OF THE

WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

Nezih Tavlas' book on legendary Turkish photographer is not fancy at all. It's a very straightforward biography of the world's least-heralded (at least in the US and most of the western world) master photographers. A true living legend.

The best thing about the book is its unassuming nature. It is not fawning, but clearly the author thinks the world of Ara Guler. It does not shy away from the whole truth -- a divorce, a few setbacks, a sometimes curmedgeonly personality of a man who has focused 8 decades of his life as a photojournalist.

It is very easy to think of Guler as an artist. Hundreds of his most famous shots and many more others would look at home as fine art on the wall of any museum. But the Armenian Turk bristles at being called anything but a photojournalist -- an historian with a camera.

For those of us who discovered Guler and cannot have enough, this book includes every vital aspect. From an upper middle class upbringing in the home of a successful Beyoglu pharmacist/businessman father, to a man -- Guler -- who very easily could have lost his life at any number of harrowing scenes, from bombings to fires and battlefields.


http://photojournalistaraguler.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Photojournalist-Life-Story-Ara-Guler/dp/1543129447/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1502048568&sr=8-3

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