Today I attended an exhibition which, while doing a fantastic job of entertaining and educating, also enhances and expands the way we think about photography's role in history.
It will only be on display at its present venue until August 19, but here is the information for those who may want to find out where (or if) it will exhibited in the future: Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840-1914 Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC), ISTANBUL İstiklal Caddesi No: 181 Merkez Han 34433 Beyoğlu P.O.B. 260 İstanbul, Turkey Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-18:30 / Sunday: 12:00-18:30
You have succeeded marvellously in that very tricky exercise: taking pictures of pictures. I actually knew someone who worked for the Banque Ottomane in Paris. I always loved seeing such an exotic name on one of the buildings surrounding the Opéra Garnier, but unfortunately it finally disappeared in 2001 when it was incorporated into the totally mundane Garanti Bank.
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Thank you! It's always iffy presenting something like this, as the subtlety & verve of the presentation oozes away in being transferred to another media, as does the wonderful crispness of the original photographs. And yes -- the very word "Ottoman" conjures up another more exotic world.
As one moves through the exhibition, the statement posted at the beginning really sinks in ~
Usually I'm not crazy about the darkened gallery/lighted cases method, since it reminds me of the tarantula section in a zoo, but it worked beautifully here in conveying the sense of windows on a lost world ~
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 28, 2018 22:23:12 GMT
That link comes from publicdomainreview.org, which, as the name indicates, features items in the public domain. I subscribe to its facebook page, so get little nuggets all the time, including the one on the Armenian photographers in the Ottoman Empire. I believe your-sister-the-librarian is also a subscriber.