Istanbul. City of a Hundred Names. Photographs by Alex Webb. Text by Orhan Pamuk. Aperture, New York, 2007. 136 pp. Oblong quarto. First edition, first printing. SIGNED by Alex Webb and 2006 Nobel Prize winning author and Istanbul native Orhan Pamuk. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions.
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Under a Grudging Sun. Photographs from Haiti 1986-1988. Photographs by Alex Webb. Thames & Hudson, New York, 1989. Unpage. Large quarto. First U.S. edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Stiff illustrated wrappers. 58 color reproductions.
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.