Next VizCult: Cağatay Doğan, Binghamton University

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Abstract: This talk will examine the visual construction of place and the identity of Istanbul by the Turkish Republic’s “state photographer” of the 1930s, Othmar Pferschy. State-sponsored publications promoted the republican regime’s aspirations to create a modern nation. Istanbul photographs played a crucial role in domesticating the Ottoman past as landscape and museum in contrast to the iconic modernist spaces of Ankara. Pferschy’s private archive and the rising photojournalism of the 1950s provides us with an opportunity to explore the fate of the republican visual regime of amnesia and iconization, in the broader context of transition to a multiparty system, the rise of mass media, and rapid urbanization.

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