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Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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"Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names documents his incredible vision of this border city, lying between Europe and Asia, an urban cultural center rich with the incandescence of its past." --Photo District News
"Illuminating and enlightening." -- Jake Elliot --Flux Magazine
"Webb uses color and a sense of moment to reveal a rich, complex world created from clashing cultures." --American Photo
"He captures the city's vibrant colors, but in a completely unsentimental way; in fact, the overall mood is one one of hüzün, the Turkish word for melancholy and spiritual yearning." -- Sarah Coleman --Planet Magazine
"His pictures are all deep shadows balanced by theatrical flashes of light; his framing captures both burqa-clad crones and pouting models." -- Michael Kerr --The Telegraph
About the Author
Alex Webb is best known for his vibrant and complex color photography, often made in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published eleven books, including Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb) and The Suffering of Light, a collection of thirty years of his color work. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He’s received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and GEO, among other publications.
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But do I see what he is doing?
I've never been to Istanbul, but I certainly don't feel like I've been there through this book. (The essay by Orhan Pamuk has zero to do with the images. Add a generic essay about Istanbul by the city's most famous author and it will help sell a book of photos that is, well, maybe more about the photographer than the city ... ) Is there a single happy face in this book? I've only seen grim, suspicious looks. Is that Istanbul, or is that Webb?
Webb's strength is as a visual puzzle master. A technique that he has perfected here is his use of capturing images in mirrors and reflections. It is all confusion and dislocation, done supremely well -- as photo-surrealism. But "warmth" is not an adjective to be used in any way to describe his images, other than their saturated reds. (Even those offer heat rather than comfort.)
I see this book as a fantastic tool for discussion of composition. It isn't a book to get to know Istanbul or humanity -- but maybe a great way to get to know Alex Webb.
The quality of the paper matches the price :(
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