‘The Eye of Istanbul’ Ara Güler to be introduced to art lovers in Mogadishu

A selection of photos taken by legendary Turkish photojournalist Ara Güler will be on display in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The exhibition will open in April next year, the Turkish embassy in Mogadishu announced on Twitter.

It will “contribute to enhancing artistic activities in Somalia”, the embassy said.

Described by the Turkish presidency as “one of the seven best photographers in the world”, Güler died last year at the age of 90.

Nicknamed ‘The Eye of Istanbul’, he chronicled the city with melancholic black-and-white pictures taken mostly with a Leica camera, giving him the title “master of the Leica”.

Güler photographed many world figures including British wartime leader Winston Churchill; Indian stateswoman Indira Gandhi; philosopher Bertrand Russell; film director Alfred Hitchcock and the artist Pablo Picasso.

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