May 19, 2011

Istanbul Photography Museum to Open in June

CNA - June will welcome the opening of the İstanbul Photography Museum in the Kadırga neighborhood of İstanbul's historical peninsula.

The project, which is a collaboration between the Fatih Municipality and an İstanbul-based photography society called the Friends of Photography, is driven by an objective of providing a strong platform for the support and development of photography in Turkey.

Another underlying aim of the initiative is to contribute a new and innovative cultural service in the historic Kadırga area, Fatih Mayor Mustafa Demir told the Anatolia news agency on Tuesday.

"Until the 1950s, Kadırga was an area of considerable importance in İstanbul," Demir said. "This is evidenced by the legacy of period buildings remaining from both Byzantine and Ottoman times, the Sultanahmet Mosque, for example.

As an ex-port district, Kadırga was an important platform for socioeconomic interaction amongst religions and peoples throughout history and one of best examples of coexistence in İstanbul. Our aim is to bring awareness of Kadırga's rich history back into the public mind and revitalize its place on the cultural map once again."

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