As one of the key figures of contemporary photography in Turkey and known for his projects in different concepts on Istanbul, Timurtaş Onan offers us a retrospective selection of his works between 2000-2020 in his new book ‘Istanbul: A City of Strange and Curious Moments’.
Since the 1980s, when he started taking photographs, he has framed Istanbul many times and with his photographs leading the audience around the city’s venues, and this time he is leading them around the places of change. He presents to us the frames he recorded in his visual memory with details from the streets of Istanbul.
He is taking us to a place that we do not remember the time we walked past, to a memory that we do not exactly remember the time we went through. As subjective as it is, these frames are fragments of the common memory we share.
While we look at these photos and feel many similar feelings about the city of İstanbul together, perhaps what looms large is the change and transformation that we have witnessed socially.
How did we face the numerous transformations and changes between 2000 and 2020, how do we still face them? He interprets a periodic truth as if broadcasting a black and white movie.
Onan also interprets the language of this past time, the everyday world, marking the change that is the only thing that will not change. He transfers the sociocultural change of Istanbul, of the age and life along with it, to the future with visual records of this change. As we travel through Istanbul, the city of contrasts, the city of light and shadow, we not only observe a personal inner world, but also remember something from our experiences and
changes of the past, and we get immersed in its conversation.
when we turn the pages of the book, we not only observe a personal inner world, but also recall something from our experiences and changes from the past, and dive into his conversation. ‘Istanbul: A City Of Strange and Curious Moments’ accompanied by the city’s flaws and uniquenesses, takes us on the beautiful and strange journeys of Istanbul.
Istanbul: A City of Strange and Curious Moments