Street in Istanbul to be named after Ara Guler

The Istanbul City hall has accepted the offer to rename the Tosbağa Street in the city’s Beyoglu district after world-known Armenian photographer Ara Guler, Istanbul-based Agos newspaper reports.

Ara Guler has long lived on the street, and his studio is located there today.

Born on 16th August 1928, Ara Güler is a Turkish Armenian photojournalist, also known as Istanbul’s Eye. He studied at Getronagan Armenian High School. His father owned a pharmacy, but had many friends that belonged to the world of art.

Ara Guler’s work is included in the collections of institutions worldwide, such as Paris’s National Library of France; New York’s George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery

He has won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.

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