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From the interview of Ara Güler relized by Aramis Kalay

fotograf : Aramis KALAY
ARA GÜLER
Woman and Allah

"... I had gone to shoot Kırkpınar oil wrestling. I was wandering around. I Edirne, around the Old Mosque a woman just came accross and sat. I waited and a position has come and I shot 6 to 8 frames. One of them was the best. I shot it in 1954 or say maybe 1956."

"Why the photography is not an art, because it is something which catches a part of the reality. The photography exists because of its reality."

ARA GÜLER
The  wondering  foreigners of the bridge
ARA GÜLER
Haliç

"In fact I am always telling that. The photography is such an important thing that... whatever it is art or not..."

"The photography does not need to be an art. Photography is a fact of history. You conquest the history. With a machine you stop the history."

ARA GÜLER
The porters waiting for work at the oil pier.
ARA GÜLER
A coffehouse in a khan at Beyoğlu

"We are  historians. I reality we are writing history. We are writing visual history. The time is the time of  visualization. The time of writing and littreture is over."

"It is better if the photography is not obliged to the galleries."

ARA GÜLER
Musicians and singers in Beyoğlu
ARA GÜLER
Asuhan - Egypt

"Those art galleries are coves of sly merchants...In reality they are for multiplying the price of the art so that they could also get a rake-off out of it."

"And those guys making manipulations in the dark room...in reality those are the viruses of photography."

ARA GÜLER
Women guerillas - Eritre
ARA GÜLER
Benares - India

"I do not have such a complex to make me please to Europe or shall I be nice. Who is he to appraise me?"

"When I am taking that picture they are not aware that I am shooting. I just shoot and go; I mean, I do not make tham pose for me. I do not say ' Hey look! Let me take your picture!' I stop around and shot and shoot...then I go away. They even do not know that I have taken their picture."

ARA GÜLER
Hazar Sea, Iran
ARA GÜLER
Ravi River, Pencab, Pakistan

"...I thing it is around 800.000 dias. I mean, I did not count. Maybe more than that..."

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