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Thursday, August 10, 2017

PHOTOJOURNALIST: The Life Story of Ara Guler -- 3


MUST-HAVE BOOK CHRONICLING COLORFUL LIFE OF THE
WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

In a sense, Photojournalist: The Life Story of Ara Guler, is two books in one. About 80% of it is well-told (with mom and pop, uncomplicated language) stories of Guler's life, times and tens of thousands of documented bits of life in Turkey and far beyond. 

The other 20% is basically a long Q&A between author and master Guler on everything for his favorite cameras, his life, his eventual switch to digital photography and any number of tidbits.

The Q&A 20 percent is for the die-hard Guler fan. A casual reader may lose interest in the question-response format. Because I had the rare privilege of meeting Guler, talking to him, going through a long out of print book of his photos and bravely seeking his signature on said book -- I read every page in Photojournalist.

Again, the book is not fancy. The English translation even has several instances of odd punctuation and more than a few spots where words run together or multi-syllable words are oddly broken up in type. I could easily look past this. Just as the book is not a technical manual about photography, the typesetting is not a piece of publishing house technical perfection.


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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