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ISTANBUL. Chapters of a city

Istanbul is one of the world’s largest cities. Its population has reached 14 million people and it still continues to grow constantly. Its budget is larger than that of 80 countries’ GDP. Moreover, it’s been one of the most favourite subject of photographers. Trying to capture this whole megacity in just one photographic project is nearly impossible.

For this commissioned work I have divided Istanbul into 5 different chapters, similar to those of a book. It became, of course, my own book.
“Border, Fragments, Street, Holy, Through”; These keywords have been the starting points of my investigation. From the large-size scale of views, constructions, visible and invisible barriers (“Border”), to small details, close-ups, crops (“Fragments”). From people’s life in public spaces (”Street”), to the spiritual dimension of the city (”Holy”), trying always to balance the roles of actor and spectator (“Through”).

Commissioned by the Ethnographic Museum “La Manera”, Borgomanero (Italy).
Exhibition held in June-July 2016 with a music composed by Ali Uygur Erol.