Legendary artist from Turkey dies at age of 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)
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)
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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.

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

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”.