İstanbul: A City of Strange and Curious Moments - Timurtaş Onan
Timurtaş Onan, İstanbul: A City of Strange and Curious Moments, Photography Book, 2020
Hardcover 192 pages
22,5 x 28,5 cm
Black and White Duotone Print on Glossy Paper
"This present publication covering works from 2000 to the present day brings together the many sides of Timurtaş Onan’s talent, interest and very particular and perceptive vision of this great city going back more than 30 years.
Istanbul: ‘A City of Strange and Curious Moments’, striking in black and white with their restrained and brilliantly effective play of light and shade images and existential moments of the city are both a reflection of the human spirit and the spirit of Istanbul today.
Istanbul is the meeting of Europe and Asia and contemporary Istanbul offers, as it has throughout its entire history, an extraordinary range of the human condition: race, ethnicity and religion; the very rich to the very poor; the palaces and mansions, the simple dwellings and the dilapidated buildings , the homeless, the old and the young.
This collection is not a focus on the familiar architectural treasures of Istanbul but Istanbul pulsing with life at times oddly and with such variety. It is an inspirational work of passion and as always in his work there is the loving appreciation of life, all life, human or other, birds, (a favourite theme of his) dogs and cats; life in all its many forms played out not only in the context of the familiar beautifies of the city but also within those other parts both contemporary and of another time: the force of life and the passage of life.
This is the story of Istanbul today."
David Cregeen MA. M. Phil (Edinburgh)