The Ara Güler Museum continues its mission to bring the works of Turkey’s famous photographer, Ara Güler, to a wider international audience. The exhibition held during the International Meetings of Photography festival in Bulgaria stands out as the main event of the festival.
The Doğuş Group, which supports numerous long-term social responsibility platforms and projects in the fields of culture and art in Turkey, established the Ara Güler Museum in collaboration with Ara Güler in 2016. The museum is currently hosting a new exhibition at the Kapana Gallery in Plovdiv.
Ara Güler has been an honorary artist in the program of the International Meetings of Photography festival since 1983. This year’s festival features the works of international photographers such as Jacob Aue Sobol, Reiner Riedler, Máté Bartha, Marco Rigamonti, Roumen Koynov, Nikola Mihov, and Kostadin Chernev alongside Ara Güler’s works.
The exhibition includes 52 of Ara Güler’s most famous black and white photographs taken in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition will be open to visitors from October 13 to October 31, 2023.
About the Ara Güler Museum:
The Ara Güler Museum is a museum established through the collaboration of Turkey’s renowned photojournalist Ara Güler and the Doğuş Group. The museum was inaugurated on Ara Güler’s 90th birthday on August 16, 2018, in bomontiada. The Ara Güler Museum aims to introduce Ara Güler’s multifaceted artistic identity, inspirational life, and valuable archive to a wide audience. The museum emphasizes and promotes the visual, emotional, and social impact of photography art and organizes exhibitions, publications, events, and collaborations both domestically and internationally. The Güler Apartment in Beyoğlu, Galatasaray, where Ara Güler preserved his archive throughout his lifetime, is planned as the permanent museum address.
About the Ara Güler Archive and Research Center (AGAVAM):
The Ara Güler Archive and Research Center (AGAVAM) was established in 2016 as a result of an agreement between Ara Güler and the Doğuş Group. AGAVAM works to preserve and pass on the significant photographic archive of Ara Güler to future generations. The Ara Güler Museum is actively working to bring the works of the venerable photographer to a broader audience. Both of these artistic institutions are professionally managed and operate on a non-profit basis. The AGAVAM team is responsible for tasks such as classifying, inventorying, preserving, digitizing, and indexing hundreds of thousands of Ara Güler’s works. The plan is to make the archive collections available to photography enthusiasts and researchers in the future through a web portal.