An Anatolian Town in the Heart of Istanbul

“I feel like living in an Anatolian town in the heart of İstanbul…” says Suna Hanım to express her adoration for Kuzguncuk. What she means by Anatolian town is a place where everyone knows, greets, helps each other, where everyone is equal and together.

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Istanbul's Hidden Crafts

Istanbul's Hidden Crafts

There are 4 layers here: First, the oldest skills of Eastern creativity; Second, old and distinguished works of once-called "lonca" craftsmen's organisations; Third, latest designs created by contemporary desires and technology; Fourth, most valuable raw materials of all times: gold, silver, diamond and more"*

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The Legendary Tarhana

The Legendary Tarhana

Walking…One step, then one step further, walking for hours, days, months, even years. As taking a step, witnessing that the day turns into the night and the summer turns into the winter, and always searching more, searching the homeland, migrating… While migrating from a country to another and the seasons are changing, learning to survive with the help of the nature against the nature…

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Pitch Dark Mystery in Tashan

Pitch Dark Mystery in Tashan

Nature contains very special gift for human being within itself. It hides this gift in its depths; because, it knows the more a person tries to find something the more valuable is the thing which s/he found.

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Miracle of Millet, Water, Sugar: Boza

Miracle of Millet, Water, Sugar: Boza

There are complementary which cheers some moments with their presence. The complementary of the morning at the feast day is the breakfast the whole family has, whereas the complementary of the conversations at the evenings of the winter months should be boza enriched with fragrant cinnamon and crispy roasted chickpea...

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A City Ghost

A City Ghost

“Loving, everything starts with loving somebody. Everything ends with loving somebody here,” Sait Faik says. As he says “here”, he means Istanbul...

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Lavender-Purple Stories of a Town

Lavender-Purple Stories of a Town

Kuyucak Village of Keçiborlu, one of the favorite places of photographers and travelers is waiting to be discovered. Known for its beautiful roses, this wide geography is now prioritized for its lavender.

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Old Houses of Erzurum

Old Houses of Erzurum

Old houses in Erzurum smell the history abundantly. Patriarchal family tree pervaded over the rooms designed to open into each other. This large family order consisting of grandfather, grandmother, father, mother and children has been transformed into a life shelter according to the Islamic principles in old houses of Erzurum.

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A Timeless Place in Ankara: Papazın Bağı

A Timeless Place in Ankara: Papazın Bağı

A haven in Ankara's Gaziosmanpasa neighbourhood... A haven of memories in a beloved city of those who consciously love and live...

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Beykoz Shoe Factory

A veteran corner of the Bosphorus, a pioneer of Ottoman leather manufacturing, the country's source of pride in the 1855 Paris Universal Exhibition, gold medal-winner factory in the 1877 Vienna International Fair, and finally the Sumerbank's reputable manufacturing spot in the Republican period: Beykoz Shoe Factory.

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Black Diamond

Black Diamond

It remembers some people of a never-ending journey to the emptiness and evokes to achieve the enlightenment for others. Once upon a time, this black craft was called as mining and this city as the capital of labor in Turkey's western Black Sea shores.

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From Zeki Müren With Love

From Zeki Müren With Love

Bodrum means sun, joy and different shades of blue for most of the people; but it also has magnificent historical, social and artistic influence. Choosing Bodrum for either living or vacation, there are various activities to do. One thing that remarks on those activities is to visit the beloved singer Zeki Müren’s house.

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Cinnah 19

Cinnah 19

Ankara brings eyes, which know how to reveal the hidden, to beauty… Blind streets, a wide terrace, an ornamented wall; they appear with a sudden, make people smile. Most of the time, those revealed beauties have a history left behind. The house of a national leader, an old garden of an embassy, a ball room where many projects was embarked on.

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A Gourd Violin Maker in İstanbul

A Gourd Violin Maker in İstanbul

In the midst of the chaos in İstanbul, the sounds of the music are rising from the hands of Ruşen Can Acet being a young craftsman and musician who was born in Manisa in 1989. When we enter into his workshop which he built in his house by overcoming all obstacles, we are seeing there is a serious work in view, our admiration becomes much more.

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From Iskilip

From Iskilip

A sincere gaze at İskilip from Kadir Tahtacı's lens...

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Human, You Are

Human, You Are

Ankara citadel with all its sincere essence from Emre Bostancı's lens.

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The Legend of Aquarius: Ganymedes

The Legend of Aquarius: Ganymedes

“Ganymedes was the loveliest born of the race of mortals, and therefore the gods caught him away to themselves, to be Zeus’ wine-pourer, for the sake of his beauty, so he might be among the immortals.” Homer, Iliad

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Sahmeran

Sahmeran

Rumour has it that in Tarsus region, there were creatures living underground called Maran whose heads like a human and the lower half of the bodies like a snake. Although they were living secretly from people, there were some who had knowledge about medicine and helped people for good...

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Prologue III

Prologue III

What relieves human beings after all turmoil? Either ecstatic laughter of sea gulls, or strokes of hammers into copper pieces firmly. Just eyes see crowded bazaars, a craftsman just makes the first sale of the day, pathways are just paced without tiring, and then human misses the peace.

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A Delicate Atelier in Fatih

A Delicate Atelier in Fatih

Gıyasettin Gelir, who is the master of the precision casting sculpture, has professed this job for 25 years. He makes a mould by using wax and rubber materials and then he produces empty sculptures and tools by pouring mines such as gold, silver and bronze into the mould. He offers sensitive products such as sculptures, sensitive door handles, parts of teapot to other workshops and stores together with his six employees working in his veteran workshop in Fatih, İstanbul. The secret of Gıyasettin Gelir, the Master of wax casting, is hidden in the grace of his craft.

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Mystical Side of Istanbul

Mystical Side of Istanbul

There are a lot of mystical places in İstanbul. One of the well-known among them is “Joshua’s Hill” (Yuşa), the highest hill and the closest one to the sea in the city. Joshua’s Hill has a special location with its spiritual atmosphere as well as its fascinating view. The holiness of the hill is based on “Lord Ourios of Good Winds”, because there is a temple on the hill, which was built in the name of “Lord Ourios of Good Winds” at the ancient times.

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Serpent Column and Oracle of Delphi

Serpent Column and Oracle of Delphi

The next time you go to Sultanahmet square, try to remember that you will be standing over an ancient hippodrome, and the famous Serpent Column that Pythia used to sit on it and communicate with Apollo is right next to you!..

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A Small City Called Eğin – I

A Small City Called Eğin – I

In the first half of the 19th century, when he was still a very young army officer at that time, Helmuth Von Moltke, being legendary commander of the Germans and working as a trainer in the Ottoman army, said “The most beautiful place I’ve seen in Asia” for Kemaliye on his memories in Turkey (Letters from Turkey) penned by him. This statement is perhaps one of the most accurate definition to be able to describe the beauty of this place.

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From Thousand-Year Hands

From Thousand-Year Hands

On Giresun where is The hometown of kemancha, And touches the earlock of the love A couple of drops join Into the flood of Görele.

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Saddler Abdullah Usta

Saddler Abdullah Usta

We are passing through authentic mosques remained from Aydınids (or Aydınid dynasty) in Tire district of İzmir. We are looking over stone houses while we are breathing smell of saddle inside the historical bazaar. We visit Abdullah Usta whose shop is placed on the left side when moving to Paşa Mosque. He started his own craft, which was inherited from his father, in 1962. We are speaking a 54-year saddler Usta.

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Iron Craftsman

Iron Craftsman

Forging is such a charming craft that it can notify the guest only with the sound of the knob. Which best news was announced by the eternal love of walnut door and iron knob in these vast lands of Anatolia, who knows? Whenever the door was knocked, who asks which people were excited or which ones became anxious? For centuries, the sound of the knob has echoed in the stone sidewalks of Safranbolu. Such that, these sounds are the masterpiece of the veteran Usta.

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From Adana

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Waiting and the Night

Waiting and the Night

In Anatolia, love happens at a snail’s pace, summer is as arid as a desert. The reason behind hiding the loved one in the darkness of nights is a tendency for a lover. It is the chance that for the lover that a gentle breeze somehow sweeps down to the window. Whatever that could not be told before, is whispered slowly through the breeze at that night.

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Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Mehmet Efendi is the first, who started to roast raw coffee beans and sell them to local people. Kurukahveci Mehmed Efendi in Eminönü is the oldest surviving coffee shop for Turkish coffee in Istanbul.

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Prologue II

Purple bunches climb to the skies delicately in the streets of İstanbul. They surround the veteran mouldings silently in order to look like the native of the city clearly. A loving hejaz dangles from those mouldings throughout the streets.

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From Galata

Galata is remarkably worldly-wise for the city. It is the one that separates guest from host, right from wrong and sake from waiter. Dilemma of victims, Breath of timid strays, It sees tearful flagstones, reveals them.

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Anatolia: The Cradle

Anatolia: The Cradle

Every artefact which our Usta created meticulously and patiently hides behind their story. Usta tell us sometimes the story of their lifetime and sometimes the great story of the humanity...

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Tale of the One

Tale of the One

And watching a human living is like watching a comet falling. First, a little spark occurs, then the explosions… Pure vibes of the childhood transforms to the passionate youth...

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Hüseyin Emmi

Hüseyin Emmi

Hüseyin Emmi from Iskilip... From Emre Bostancı's lens...

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Ahmet Dayı

Ahmet Dayı

Uncle Ahmet from Iskilip... From Emre Bostancı's lens...

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Adem Abi

Adem Abi

Adem Abi from Iskilip... From Emre Bostancı's lens...

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Mehmet Usta

Mehmet Usta

Uncle Mehmet from Iskilip... From Kadir Tahtacı's lens...

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Prologue

Prologue

A prologue for Ustamdan's weekly.

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