The Last Book of the Ara Güler, Will Be Auctioned as a NFT
About Ara Güler
An Istanbul-born Armenian photo-journalist who cared deeply about capturing a moment in history, self-acclaimed world citizen, “Istanbul’s Eye” Ara Güler indeed was a legend in Turkish art.
ARA GULER, A TURKISH PHOTOGRAPHER WHO WAS BEST KNOWN FOR CAPTURING POIGNANT AND NOSTALGIC IMAGES OF A BYGONE ISTANBUL BUT ALSO PORTRAYED FAMOUS FIGURES INCLUDING PABLO PICASSO, SALVADOR DALÍ, ALFRED HITCHCOCK, AND WINSTON CHURCHILL AND EVERYDAY LIFE IN FAR-FLUNG LANDS, DIED IN 2018. (NY TIMES)
He has won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.
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Before his death, Ara Güler worked on a monumental project with one of his few friends, Zekai Demir. The book includes 45 black and white photos of Istanbul, handpicked by Ara Güler himself between 1950-1980.
Only 1 Edition
Despite many bidders from leader local galleries over the years, the book is still considered priceless. Zekai Demir, knowing the piece’s significance, worked with Tarık Tolunay to turn it into NFT.
Assuming the existence of a one-off handcrafted book, including the late artist’s favorite work along with his signature, is very much an accurate life reflection of what NFT is.
The signed book is only 1 edition , including 45 black and white photos of Istanbul, handpicked by Ara Güler himself between 1950-1980.
It took three years to make. The issues with producing such a large book, 70×70 cm and 65 kgs to be exact, were solved with experts both local and international.
After the three years wait, Ara Güler signed the copy. Unfortunately, it was the last copy ever made and he managed to sign it before his passing.
Ara Guler On International § Local Press
Ara Guler’s work is included in the collections of institutions worldwide, such as Paris’s National Library of France; New York’s George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
An Essay of Nobel Awarded Writer Orhan Pamuk (NY Times)