»Balkon« and »Orange« - Photographs by Orhan Pamuk
From 07.10.2020 to 30.01.2021
In December 2012, Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk will suffer from writer's block. He reaches for his camera. From his balcony, Pamuk photographs the lively panorama on the Bosporus: the passing ships, the silhouette of the city crowned by countless minarets, the spectacular cloud formations or the haze at dawn. In doing so, he captures the transient beauty of the moment. Between melancholy and hope, the pictures reflect the author's state of mind. Over 8,500 photographs of the pulsating metropolis of Istanbul are created. The photos are published by Steidl Verlag under the title »Balkon«.
The warm, orange-coloured light of the street lamps gives the latest photo book »Orange« its name. At dusk, Pamuk leaves his house and roams Istanbul at night with his camera. In search of remote, almost forgotten places that are bathed in the unmistakable light of his childhood, he wanders through the various districts of his home town. But the light familiar to him gradually disappears. Cold glaring neon light that illuminates apartment buildings and street cafés displaces the familiar orange light of the Istanbul night. In the transformation of urban lighting, Pamuk recognises a creeping change in the social and political structures on the Bosporus. In his photographs he preserves an Istanbul that soon no longer exists. The show is a joint project with Steidl Verlag.