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Alex Webb: Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names

Publisher: New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 2007
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1597110345
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 110935



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Brown cloth-covered boards with debossed design on cover and title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs and text by Alex Webb. Essay by Orhan Pamuk. 136 pp., with 74 four-color plates. 10-1/8 x 12-1/8 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the publisher: "In Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names, Magnum photographer Alex Webb displays his particular ability to distill gesture, color and contrasting cultural tensions into a single, beguiling frame. He presents a vision of Istanbul as an urban cultural center, rich with the incandescence of its past--a city of minarets and pigeons rising to the heavens during the early-morning call to Muslim prayers--yet also a city riddled with ATM machines and clothed in designer jeans. Webb began photographing Istanbul in 1998, and became instantly enthralled: by the people, the layers of culture and history, the richness of street life. But what particularly drew him in was a sense of Istanbul as a border city, lying between Europe and Asia. 'For 30-some years as a photographer, I have been intrigued by borders, places where cultures come together, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly.' The resulting body of work, some of Webb's strongest to date, conveys the frisson of a culture in transition, yet firmly rooted in a complex history. With essay by the Nobel Prize winning novelist, Orhan Pamuk."