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Ara Güler

Ara Güler was born in Istanbul in 1928. The most important living representative of creative photography in Turkey today, he has a well-established international reputation. He began a career in journalism with the newspaper Yeni Istanbul in 1950. He became a photojournalist for Time-Life in 1956 and for Paris Match and Stern in 1958. Around the same time, he joined the Magnum Agency. In the British Journal of Photography Year Book published in the UK in 1968, Güler was named one of the seven best photographers in the world. In 1962, he received the “master of Leica” award in Germany. Güler has held hundreds of exhibitions of his work all over the world. He has also interviewed and photographed numerous celebrities ranging from Bertrand Russell and Winston Churchill to Arnold Toynbee, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Six doctorate theses have been written on Ara Güler including one in German University of Münich. Many examples of Ara Güler’s photographic work are to be found in institutions such as the French National Library in Paris and the Sheldon Collection at Nebraska University as well as in private collections in Boston, Chicago and New York. His photographs are also on display at the Ludwig Museum and at Das Imaginäre Photo-Museum, both in Cologne. Major Publications . Fotograflar (Istanbul: Karacan Yayınları, 1980) . Ara Güler’in Sinemacıları (Istanbul: Hil Yayınları, 1989) . Sinan, Architect of Soliman the Magnificent (Paris: Editions Arthaud, 1992; London and New York: Thames & Hudson, 1992) . Living in Turkey (Paris: Albin Michel, 1993; London and New York: Thames & Hudson, 1993; Singapore; Archipelago Press, 1993) . Eski Istanbul Anıları (Istanbul: Dünya Yayınları, Ana Yayıncılık, 1994) . Bir Devir Böyle Geçti, Kalanlara Selam Olsun (Istanbul: Ana Yayıncılık, 1994) . Yitirilmiş Renkler (Istanbul: Dünya Yayıncılık, 1995) . Yüzlerinde Yeryüzü (Istanbul: Ana Yayıncılık, 1995) . Babilden Sonra Yaşayacağız (Specially published on the occasion of Ara Güler’s 70th birthday; Istanbul: Aras Yayınevi, 1996) . Istanbul des Djinns (Montpellier: Fata Morgana, 2001) . Seven Landmarks of the World (Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2002) . 100 Yüz (Istanbul: Yapı Kredi Yayınları, 2003) . Retrospektif – 50 Yıl Fotojurnalizm (Istanbul: YGS Yayınları, 2004) . Ara Güler (Istanbul: Antartist Yayınları, 2005) . Ara’dan Yetmiş Yedi Yıl Geçti (Istanbul: Fotografevi Yayınları, 2005) . Beyaz Güvercinli Adam ( Istanbul: Fotografevi Yayınları, 2007) Ara Güler also made the documentary film Kahramanın Sonu (A Heroine’s End), an a account of the dismantling and scrapping of the Turkish battleship Yavuz.


2005 Presidency of the Rebuplic of Turkey Grand Award for Culture and Art
2004 Awarded an honorary doctorate from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul
2002 Awarded the Légion d’Honneur medal and title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Goverment in the Palais de France, Istanbul
2000 Named Photographer of the Century in Turkey, Istanbul
2000 Awarded the Order of Merit by the Armenian Patriarchate to mark his 70th birthday, Istanbul
1999 Earned the Burhan Felek Services to the Media Award, presented to journalists after 50 years in the profession by the Turkish Association of Journalists
1999 Award the Grand Prize for Visual Arts by the Aydın Doğan Foundation
1999 Received the Honorary Award for Top Communicators from the Marmara University Faculty of Communications
1995 Won the 1995 Successful Communicators Award of the Istanbul University Faculty of Communications
1995 Received the Photographer of the Year Award from İFSAK (Istanbul Amateur Photograhy and Cinema Club)
1995 Won the Successful Communicators Award
1991 The award by the then President, Turgut Özal, at the opening of the International Press Centre in Sepetçiler Kasrı
1981 Awarded a plaque by the Directorate General of Press and Information for valuable contributions to the Turkish Press
1979 Awarded First Prize in Photojournalism by the Turkish Association of Journalists
1961 Named one of “Seven Star Photographer’s” in the British Journal of Photography Year Book, Britain
1961 Received the “Master of Leica”, a title awarded by Leica to only 38 artists in the world, Germany

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