In Focus: Ara Guler's Anatolia

December 14, 2013 – July 20, 2014

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Ara Güler is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city of Istanbul in the 1950s and 1960s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. On view are never-before-shown works by this legendary photographer. Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition also guides viewers into a critical debate about the way images are created: photography as documentation versus art.