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White landscape book cover of Harald Schwertfeger, Polis, with lady in white head scarf walking past shop window, boy staring out. Published by Verlag Kettler.

Harald Schwertfeger


By (author) Harald Schwertfeger


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  • A subtle portrait of Istanbul
  • A collection of photographs that challenge the usual stereotypes, richly printed in duotone
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In 2015, the Cologne photographer Harald Schwertfeger travelled to Istanbul for the first time. His initial aversion to the noisy, overcrowded urban jungle quickly turned into profound fascination. For Schwertfeger, ‘Polis’ – quite simply the ‘City’, as the Greeks used to call it – became a photographic treasure trove that transcended the purely geographical divide between Orient and Occident. His works present a kaleidoscope of overwhelming images and impressions.

Schwertfeger was spellbound not so much by the Ottoman palaces and monumental mosques – his photos focus above all on Istanbul’s hectic hustle and bustle and the people with their vastly different attitudes and lifestyles.

In capturing the metropolis with all its scars, vulnerability and roughness, Schwertfeger creates a moving portrait of the city that challenges the usual stereotypes.

Text in English, German and Turkish.

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Verlag Kettler
9th Mar 2020
260 mm x 300 mm
80 Pages
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