Istiklal Caddesi, in the cosmopolitan district of Beyoğlu, is one of the most photographed streets in Turkey. So if you are a photographer and you want to do something originally you have to look for different shots and for different angles.
You have to wait till something unusual happens and you have to look for subjects and compositions that most people will never see because they are just ignoring them.
Photographer Güliz Karaoğlan Vural has been taking photos for seven years in Beyoğlu in all kinds of weather and on all times of the day and night. She has registered the natural course of everyday life.
We can enjoy her own unique vision of the area now at the İstiklal-based Medya Derneği (Media Association), where she opened a photo exhibition “Sade(ce) Beyoğlu” (Only Beyoğlu). The collection has some 30 photographs.
One of my favourite photos is that that of an elderly man walking with an accordion at dawn, after a night of playing in restaurants and on streets. Another one that I like, and that made it to the poster of the exhibition, is that of a reflection of the street seen in an antique mirror.
When: Until March 17
Where: İstiklal Caddesi No: 86 – 6
Beyoğlu – İstanbul
Tel: 0212 243 70 02