EYEWITNESS FROM ANATOLIA: MUDURNU IN THE EARLY REPUBLICAN ERA THROUGH THE LENS OF BENGÜBOZ // ISTANBUL
The Historic Guild Town of Mudurnu’, one of the sites on Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List, was an important Early Ottoman centre of trade and the Akhi Order (Anatolian guilds), strategically located on the Silk Road, and a patriotic town of the new Turkish Republic. Ahmet İzzet Bengüboz was a Mudurnu countryman who learned the art and technique of photography in a British camp, where he was held prisoner during the First World War. He applied his newfound art upon returning home, producing a valuable record of the town’s social life in that era.
About 100 years later, this collection of high historic and artistic merit is being presented in an exhibition and catalogue. Prepared with the partnership of Koç University’s Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM), Mudurnu Municipality and Mudurnu District Governorship, with contributions from the Bolu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
The second show of the exhibition will be held between 12-30 July at Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Single Dome Hall.