Photographer Ali Kabas' Exhibition

March 2, 2005 – “A Celebration of Istanbul,” a photographic salute to the ancient, yet contemporary, elegant but offbeat city of Istanbul as expressed by the vivid images of Ali Kabas, will be presented March 11 to 31, 2005 by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, at the Turkish Center, 821 United Nations Place on the corner of E. 46th and 1st.   The exhibition - free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily - will consist of 29 pictures taken by the internationally acclaimed photographer between 1999 and 2005.

While paying homage to the only city in the world that embraces two continents, A Celebration of Istanbul will showcase Kabas’s distinctive use of creative lighting and penchant for capturing what would otherwise be invisible to the human eye.   Indeed, he often takes advantage of his mastery of modern photographic technology to manipulate images in order to meld reality and fantasy.

For this exhibition Kabas selected images that he feels convey how the vast, varied and colorful nature of Istanbul . “There are the historical, as well as the new. The familiar landmarks from my perspective and images of lesser new locations.  To due justice to the city, it needs to be captured from the inside and outside, from the water and air, at day and night, focused and blurred, landscape and close-up, color and black-and-white.  One has to let go and accept the opportunities this fast moving city offers.” 

Born in 1957 into a family involved in the arts, Kabas completed his education in the U.S. , with degrees from Columbia University .  Now based in Istanbul , Kabas is a global force in the worlds of fine art, aerial, underwater, travel and commercial photography.  For more information, please visit www.alikabas.com.

Following its March 10 opening reception hosted by Levent Demirel, the director of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, “A Celebration of Istanbul” will intrigue viewers daily, March 11 to 31, 2005 at the Turkish Center , corner of 46th and 1st, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For additional information about the A Celebration of Istanbul exhibit, please call 212-687-2194 ext. 11.

And for more information about Istanbul , which has served as a capital for three of the world’s greatest empires, or about Turkey , the modern marvel of a Western-looking republic that has hosted at least 13 civilizations since 6500 BC when the first known human settlement was established within its borders.

For information about travel to Turkey, call 1-877-FOR-TURKEY 
or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourism Offices in New York at 212-687-2194 
or in Washington D.C. at 202-612-6800 or in Los Angeles at 323-937-8066
and visit www.tourismturkey.org 
or www.kulturturizm.gov.tr


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