The Wall

The walls that guard İstanbul, the capital to Eastern Rome, Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire, for 1500 years stretch out for 22 kilometers today, and though parts are destroyed, they are still standing tall. I have walked for kilometers on both sides of these walls. And each time I remembered the famous Rome engravings of Piranesi whom I adore. As I was doing the shoots for the İstanbul-Panorama project, my friend Jean Francoise Paeeruz who works at the French Archeology Institute came to me with a proposal to systematically photograph the İstanbul walls. We exhibited a selection of the photographs at the İstanbul French Cultural Center and Porte de Halle Museum in Brussels. We selected 40-50 photographs for the exhibition, but the entire set consists of almost a thousand photos. As much as the wall it self, the settlements formed around it over centuries have such a diverse and photogenic quality. Especially Sulukule, which was founded right by the wall, was a colorful neighborhood, but it has been completely demolished with a brutal gentrification project. The setting in Turkey changes so rapidly that the photographs you take on the streets become historical documents within the span of merely a decade.

These photos shot by 6x17cm panoramic camera on black&white negative film and scanned. Certificated and signed archival prints are available as limited edition (limited by 10). Print size 50x150cm maximum, but can be variable upon request. Contact the photographer for price.