A collection of iconic photographs, by numerous Magnum Photos photographers, of the streets of Istanbul – the enchanting meeting place of East and West.
Istanbul, Turkey (2021) by Magnum Photos photographer Emin Özmen. Acting as both bridge and barrier over the centuries, Istanbul is the enchanting meeting place of East and West. Özmen captures the everday in this city he calls home, including this image of people relaxing on the Kamondo stairs near Karaköy. Discover more from Özmen by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2017) by Magnum Photos photographer Emin Özmen. Istanbul has been captivating and inspiring artists and writers for centuries, including Özmen, a long-time resident of the city. Usually documenting human rights violations and conflicts, this capture of Istanbul differ from a lot of his other work, bringing a more intimate approach that can only come when one photographs their home. Explore some fo Özmen's most famous photos by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2018) by Magnum Photos photographer Emin Özmen, who is concerned with documenting human rights violations in his home country of Turkey and around the world. Based in Istanbul, Özmen frequently captures the day to day on the city's streets; including this black and white photo of people fishing near the Bosphorus strait. Explore more of Özmen's iconic work by clicking the above link.
The Middle Distance (2006) by Magnum Photos photographer Olivia Arthur. About this image, Arthur wrote: "I remember taking this just up the street from where I was staying in Istanbul in 2006, balancing the camera on the ground because I didn’t have a tripod. Nowadays digital cameras make these scenes easy to photograph but i have always loved these strange lights and colors that come out when you do it on film." Browse Arthur's captures from this series by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (1999) by Magnum Photos photographer Ara Güler, a renowned international photojournalist whose greatest achievement lay in his career-long documentation of his home city, Istanbul. Güler photographed the city affectionately yet authentically, and became known as the “eye of Istanbul”. While he could be positive, poetic and playful, he also showed the harsh reality of life for many of its inhabitants. Learn more about Güler's life and photography by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2020) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen. Weeks before lockdown, the photographer made a whirlwind tour of Istanbul’s public baths, offering an intimate portrait of its visitors as they enjoy a retreat from the city’s noise. Collect Çimens photo from the Cemberlitas Hammam, one of the oldest baths in Istanbul, as a signed fine print by clicking the above link.
Hafiz (2019) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen, an Istanbul native. Her most significant project to date, ‘Hafiz', captures students in attendance at several girls-only Qur’an schools throughout Turkey, weaving its emotional narrative through collected vignettes of the daydreams, trivialities, quiet rebellions and melodramas of youth. Explore this intimate world and purchase Çimen's book 'Hafiz' by clicking the above link.
Hafiz (2017) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen, who documented Girl Quran Schools across Turkey. This world has never been captured with so much intimacy before, as only Çimen can do, because she is part of this culture. Every photo reveals a different aspect and gives us a deeper understanding of the daily life and the dreams of these girls. Purchase Çimen's resulting book, 'Hafiz', by clicking the above link.
Hafiz (2018) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen, who spent three years photographing Girl Quran Schools in five cities in Turkey, a subject that she knows very well since she attended the same schools when she was a teenager with her twin sister. After becoming a photographer, she returned to those schools to work on a project which has now become the subject for her first book. Shop Çimen's book 'Hafiz' by clicking the above link.
Hafiz (2017) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen. In Turkey, many teenage Muslims are sent by their families to religious, single-sex schools where they are taught to memorize the Qur’an. It was on her return to such a school, with her Hasselblad camera in hand, that Çimen discovered her artistic voice. Purchase Çimen's famous photo of students playing with a color smoke bomb during a picnic event as a signed fine print by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2016) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen. In this image, three girls embrace the expanse of sea before them. Though the horizon appears to be far away and wide, offering no end in sight, they are undeterred from seizing their dreams, somewhere along that distant line where the sky meets the sea: “Like distant stars, horizons always seem to be out of reach, but that’s what dreams are made from.” Discover Çimen's photo catalogue by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2020) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen, a self-taught photographer from Istanbul, whose work has focused on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life. An assignment she did for The New York Times looked at the visitors of hammams in Istanbul with an intimate eye. Collect this colorful image of bathers relaxing as a signed fine art print by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2020) by Magnum Photos photographer Sabiha Çimen, an Istanbul native. The many hammams of Turkey have deep roots in the country’s religious culture. In a series of photographs taken in the Cemberlitas Hammam for the New York Times, one of the oldest baths in Istanbul, Çimen offers an intimate portrait of its visitors as they enjoy a retreat from the city’s noise. View more of Çimen's work on the communities of Istanbul by clicking the above link.
City of a Hundred Names (2001) by Magnum Photos photographer Alex Webb, who is best known for his complex and vibrant color photographs of serendipitous or enigmatic moments, often in places with socio-political tensions. “My work is questioning and exploratory,” he says. “I believe in photographs that convey a certain level of ambiguity, that ask questions rather than provide answers.” Explore Webb's vision of Istanbul, Turkey, by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (1959) by Magnum Photos photographer Ara Güler, a native of Istanbul. Speaking of his fellow Magnum photographer after his death, Bruno Barbey says "In addition to official awards and decorations, Ara has long been entitled to an unofficial title: The Eye of Istanbul. Undoubtedly, Ara is the photographer who captured, from the 1950s to today, a part of the soul of this city." Read more about Ara Güler's life by clicking the above link.
The Middle Distance (2006) by Magnum Photos photographer Olivia Arthur. In 'The Middle Distance', Arthur explores women’s lives along the fault lines between Europe and Asia – in communities traditionally closed off from the West – providing an intimate and sensitive glimpse into the often-segregated spaces occupied by her subjects. Shop Arthur's tranquil capture of birds flying over the Bosphorus as a signed poster by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2005) by Magnum Photos photographer Alex Webb, who first visited Istanbul at 16 when he attempted to capture some of the Turkish city’s excitement. Returning in 1998, he rediscovered it as a “border” city bridging East and West. With ties to Asia and Europe, Istanbul catered to both Islam and secularism. The photographer recognized this liminal territory from his work exploring the US – Mexico border. Read about Webb's experience in Istanbul by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2000) by Greek Magnum Photos photographer Nikos Economopoulos. Istanbul offers a tremendous variety of photographic opportunities, from the crowded areas around the imposing historical monuments to the small streets and the Bosphorus bridges. Explore more photos of by Economopoulos, like this image of boys in front of a ship abandoned after a fire, by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2011) by Greek Magnum Photos photographer Nikos Economopoulos, who first traveled to Istanbul to better understand Turkey, a country that is seen in a negative light in his native country. "I think Istanbul is a little bit like New York. It's a big city, and at the same time, you have a place for you here," Economopoulos said during an interview with Time Out. Discover the photographer's other iconic imagery by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2013) by Magnum Photos photographer Jonas Bendiksen, who has made major bodies of work all around the world. One of his stops along the way was Istanbul, leading him to take this iconic birdseye capture of the city from the Sapphire tower, Istanbul's tallest building. Collect this famous image from Bendiksen's photo catalogue as a fine art print by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (1968) by Magnum Photos photographer Bruno Barbey. 1968 was a big year for the photographer, as he became a full member at Magnum Photos and documented the student riots in Paris – creating some of his most iconic work. Also during this year, Barbey traveled to Istanbul – capturing the city's streets and architecture like the Hagia Sophia, a place of worship. Discover Barbey's new work of the city from the 2000s by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2001) by Magnum Photos photographer Alex Webb, who documented Istanbul over a seven year period. "I slowly learned to understand – at least visually – Orhan Pamuk’s notion of “hüzün,” an untranslatable word that suggests a rich and complicated melancholy that’s unique to Istanbul, the writer’s birthplace." Read more on Webb's vision of the 'City of a Hundred Names' by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2001) by Magnum Photos photographer Alex Webb. "I love the feel of the winding streets of Istanbul, that sense that, as a photographer, one steps out the door and every decision made that day – whether turning to the left or to the right, whether going uphill or downhill – leads to a different set of experiences." Explore more of Webb's captures of the city, like this image of a boy eating candy floss outside of the Blue Mosque during Ramadan, by clicking the above link.
Istanbul, Turkey (2001) by Magnum Photos photographer Alex Webb, who first visited Istanbul at 16 but returned with a different mindset in the late 1990s. "Having spent decades photographing along the US-Mexico border, I was intrigued by the notion of Istanbul as another kind of border – between East and West, Islam and secularism, ancient and modern." Discover the streets of Istanbul through Webb's lens by clicking the above link.