Written by: Alyssa DesRochers, Assistant Curator of the Artamonoff exhibition and former ICFA Intern
After months of preparation and a busy week of fabrication, Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947, opened on June 26 at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Studies. But the entire Artamonoff project at ICFA dates back more than two years, and we are so pleased to have brought our favorite photographer and his images back to his well-loved (and well-photographed) adopted city of Istanbul. Nicholas V. Artamonoff’s photographs are on display just minutes from the monuments, sites, and streets that he captured with his camera. Many of his subjects are very different today in the much changed city, and some no longer exist, so the Artamonoff exhibition serves as a contrast and reminder, with the photographs enlarged so that every tiny, hidden detail is on display. With the urban development of Istanbul being such a contentious topic lately, Artamonoff’s photographs provide visual testimony of the city’s dramatic evolution over time.
And now that the exhibition has been on view for two weeks, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at its construction and the finished product.
We cannot adequately thank the fabulous exhibition designer, Ersu Pekin, and the entire amazing team at RCAC (especially Buket Coşkuner and Şeyda Çetin) and OSA Reklam Hizmetleri, A.Ş.
To view the full Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection, visit the digital archive. And please visit the exhibit in Istanbul, which is on view through October 6, 2013.