Ara Güler

A long time favorite.

The Turkish photographer Ara Güler is one I have followed for well over thrity years now, first encountering him in the pages of Leica Fotografie which featured him as a ‘Master of the Leica’. Regardless of the hardware, Güler is a master photographer.

His work is predominately photo-journalistic but there’s none of the bad taste or excess frequently seen in that genre. Rather, his images are invariably thought out, sensitive and always beautiful.

Just look at some of the giants he has photographed – Winston Churchill, Indira Gandhi, Maria Callas, John Berger, Bertrand Russell, Willy Brandt, Alfred Hitchcock, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso. Compare that lot to the dispticks running nations and the fakes passing themselves off as artists today.

You can see more of his work by clicking the image below:


Click the image.

The link there to his web site is broken, but you can see many of his images by clicking the one above.

One thought on “Ara Güler

  1. Can’t agree more! Discovered him in an Istanbul book store and never stopped admiring him since. He has one of the most inspiring subjects ever on his doorstep, Turkey’s street and people, and he can transport you in their midst with a force that few others can match.

    And thanks for pointing to 121clicks, interesting community

    Best, Giovanni

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