Legendary artist from Turkey dies at age of 90

Ara Guler '“ an acclaimed Turkish journalist and photographer known as '˜the Eye of Istanbul' for his iconic black-and-white pictures of the city and its residents '“ has died. He was 90.

Legendary Turkish photographer Ara Guler stands in front of a picture of him on August 16, 2018 during the opening of the Ara Guler museum in Istanbul. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

The Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul said Mr Guler died of heart and respiratory failure late on Wednesday.

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Mr Guler, from Turkey’s minority Armenian community, was born in Istanbul in 1928. In a career that spanned several decades, he worked for Magnum Photos, Paris Match and Germany’s Stern among other organisations, interviewing and photographing politicians and artists, including Winston Churchill, Dali and Picasso.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Mr Guler “one of the greatest names in the art of photography raised by Turkey”.