Clth, 7 x 9.75 in. / 184 pgs / 350 color.
Pub Date 9/22/2020
Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 107
ISBN 9783958296534 TRADE
List Price: $40.00 CDN $56.00
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Orhan Pamuk: Orange
The streetscapes of Istanbul as photographed by Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk in an exquisitely printed clothbound edition
The dominant color in Orhan Pamuk's new book of photographs is orange. When the Nobel-Prize-winning novelist is finished with the day's writing, he takes his camera and wanders through Istanbul's various neighborhoods, visiting the backstreets of his town, areas without tourists, spaces that seem neglected and forgotten, spaces with a particular light. This is the orange light of Istanbul's windows and streetlamps that Pamuk knows so well from his childhood—from the Istanbul of 50 years ago, as he mentions in his introduction.
But Pamuk also observes that the homely, cosy orange light is slowly being replaced by a new, bright and icy white light from new lightbulbs. His photographs from the backstreets of Istanbul record and preserve the cosy effect of this old, disappearing orange light, as well as the recognition of this new white vision.
Whether reflected in well-trodden snow, concentrated as a glaring ball atop a lamppost or subtly present as a diffuse haze, orange literally and aesthetically gives shape to Pamuk's pictures, which reveal to us the unseen corners of his home city.
Featured image is reproduced from 'Orhan Pamuk: Orange.'
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
The Book Beat
Besides the warm feelings evoked by the lighting, Pamuk also tells us what and who we are looking at...The what and who are qualities I remain ignorant of in my own photos.
“Orange” a collection of some 350 nocturnal photographs of Istanbul ... are at once similar — all showing densely packed old urban neighborhoods — and varied — what those neighborhoods are packed with is profusely diverse [...] What inspired Pamuk to take the photos was noticing that the progressive installation of fluorescent streetlights has meant “the slow retreat of yellow light.” He set about on nighttime expeditions to capture the waning of that orange.
In Orange Pamuk...wields a Canon camera, but this time he enjoys little control over his mise-en-scène. The comfort of the balcony and the preplanned distant-viewing sessions have been abandoned for Istanbul’s grim streets, which impose their own aesthetics on his lens [...] These images—chaotic, disorienting and unromantic, in search of a center that’s never found—appear in the book in the style of a personal photo album.
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