RENOWNED ARMENIAN PHOTOGRAPHER IS BESTOWED HONORARY DOCTORATE DEGREE F
Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:03 AM
March 06, 2013 | 13:44
ISTANBUL. - Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University of Istanbul bestowed
an honorary doctorate degree upon world-renowned Istanbul-Armenian
photographer and photojournalist, Ara Guler.
Members of the University Senate organized an event in tribute to
Guler, during which he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree,
Istanbul's Agos Armenian bilingual weekly reports.
Taking the microphone upon the request of the audience, Guler said
he is happy that there is such interest toward him, and stressed that
he is involved in journalism for sixty years.
"Now, I think that photojournalists, documentary film makers craft a
visual part of human history. Doing all this becomes historiography,"
To note, Ara Guler, who was recognized as the "Photographer of the
Century"-and who is also known as "the Eye of Istanbul"-was born in
the city in 1928, and he began his journalistic career in 1950. He
has received many Turkish and international awards and titles and
has photographed numerous world-renowned personalities.
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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:26 AM
The Istanbul municipality has approved a proposal to rename Tosbaga street in the district of Beyoglu in honor of prominent Turkish-Armenian photographer Ara Guler.
Nicknamed "the Eye of Istanbul", Guler lived on the street in question for many years and still retains his studio there, Ermenihaber.am says.
According to reports, the Istanbul city hall never approves renaming streets in the historic city but the proposal to give a new name to the street in honor of the 89-year-old photographer was given green light to this time.
As reported earlier, the first photography museum will open in Turkey and feature works by the renowned Armenian artist.
Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:19 AM
World-renowned Turkish-Armenian photographer Ara Güler, nicknamed the “Eye of Istanbul,” passed away late Wednesday at the intensive care unit of the Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul after attempts to revive him failed. He was 90.
For years he had suffered from kidney failure and underwent dialysis three times a week.
Born on August 16, 1926, Güler studied at Getronagan Armenian High School. His father owned a pharmacy, but had many friends that belonged to the world of art.
Guler’s work is included in the collections of institutions worldwide, such as Paris’s National Library of France; New York’s George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
He won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.
He celebrated his 90th birthday with the opening of a museum named after him. In January, a street in his neighborhood was also named after him.
“I have always remained loyal to Istanbul,” Ara Güler had told the French newspaper Le Monde in the interview he gave for the opening of his exhibition in Paris.
Originally a film student who studied under Muhsin Ertuğrul, he eventually abandoned cinema in favor of journalism and, in 1950, while studying economics at University of Istanbul, started working as a photojournalist at the Turkish newspaper Yeni Istanbul.
In 1958, Güler became the first correspondent for Time-Life’s Turkey branch, which opened the door to publication in a number of other international magazines.
In 1961, he was hired by Hayat magazine as its chief photographer, and during that period met Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who recruited him to join Magnum Photos. His work continued on to international acclaim, appearing in exhibitions in Germany and New York.
He has received a number of awards, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century Award, in 1999; Master of Leica, in 1962; and France’s Légion d’honneur. He has also conducted interviews with such famous historic figures as Salvador Dali and Winston Churchill.
Today, his work can be found in the National Library of France, in Paris; New York’s George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
Güler’s philosophy on photography attached great importance to the presence of humans in photography and considers himself a visual historian. According to him, photography should provide people with memory of their suffering and their life. He feels that art can lie but photography only reflects reality. He does not value art in photography, so he prefers photojournalism.
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