Istanbul’u Resmetmek, Ali Taptik. Türkiye’nin Görsellik Tarihine Giris, Ugur Tanyeli [Depicting Istanbul - Introduction to History of Visuality in Turkey]. Photographs by Ali Taptik. Text by Ugur Tanyeli (Text in Turkish). Designed and edited by Bulent Erkmen. Metis Yayinlari, Istanbul, 2010. 394 pp Octavo (16.5 x 19 cm) Edition of 1000 copies. Stiff wrappers. Color offset reproductions.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III.
"Depicting Istanbul is created by
re-contextualization and reinterpretation of the
visual material collected for Ali Taptik’s series
'Kaza ve Kader', 'Familiar Strangers' and
'Nothing Surprising'. [Thus creating]
two different but related works that share the
same body back to back like a mirror image,
they can be called the 'Seamese' twins of the
publishing world. Ugur Tanyeli’s writings on
'Introduction to History of Visuality in Turkey'
and Ali Taptik’s photographs 'Depicting
Istanbul'. What the first tells theoretically, the
second one analyzes visually.
"Taptik shows a new Istanbul thus drawing
attention to contemporary enrichment of
visuality. He is showing an uncanny, vast urban
landscape that is alien to its own inhabitants.
Tanyeli is explaining historical visual production
practices, Tapt?k’s photographs are depicting
a new situation with visual necessities and
possibilities. We see unfamiliar un-estheticized
Istanbul or Istanbuls, but more importantly it is
not reduced the known contemporary urban
issues. Thus this twin book wants to show a
different image to those who think of Miniature
as historical visual production as well as to
those think of the contemporary visuality only
deriving from the beautiful landscapes or urban
conflict photographs."--the publisher.
Near Fine; small chip to corner; moderately worn.