Turkish Armenian photographer Ara Güler’s exhibition in US gallery

Turkish Armenian photojournalist Ara Güler’s exhibition opens today at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia” reveals a selection of his never-before-shown works of Anatolian monuments, taking the viewer on a historical journey through the lens of one of the world’s most legendary photojournalists.

Running through May 4, 2014, 21 the work on display also challenge Güler’s definition of himself as a photojournalist, not an artist, and engage visitors in a critical debate about whether photography is a form of art or a means of documentation.

The exhibition was curated by students from the Johns Hopkins University’s Program in Museums and Society, under the supervision of Nancy Micklewright, the Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Extracted from his extensive portfolio, “In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia” features photographs of Seljuk, Armenian and Ottoman monuments across Anatolia, the Asian mainland of Turkey.

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