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In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

Location: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Dates: December 14, 2013–May 4, 2014



Students in museums and society’s Spring 2013 course Photographs on the Edge worked under the mentorship of staff from the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries to develop an exhibition of never-before-shown images of important Anatolian monuments shot by Ara Güler, most famous for his iconic photographs of Istanbul in the 1950s and 1960s. The photographs challenge Güler’s definition of himself as a photojournalist, not an artist, and engage visitors in a critical debate about whether photography is an art form or a means of documentation. 

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Read an article in the JHU Gazette.