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Rediscovering a lost Istanbul

  • Kunang Helmi

    CONTRIBUTOR

PARIS   /   Sun, January 3 2010   /  04:02 pm

I first met the legendary Turkish photojournalist Ara G*ler 14 years ago, in a bistro on Rue du Bac in Paris. At the time, I was just commencing research on the biography of a dear friend of mine, Ratna Cartier-Bresson, the first - and Indonesian - wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the international photo agency, Magnum Photos. G*ler, who was a member of the agency for a time, had been in a group of photographers who had contributed to a photo essay called A Day in the Life of Indonesia, published by Didier Millet. G*ler is a craggy man who resembles a large friendly leprechaun with quick reactions and, of course, carrying the sempiternal camera. First and foremost a photojournalist, he worked for such publications as the newspaper Yeni, American magazine Time-Life, French magazine Paris Match, as well as major Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News. ...