6 photography galleries you shouldn’t miss

Girl gazing at self portrait in an Istanbul photo gallery

Even after 200 years of its evolution, some critics still aren’t convinced that photography is a true art. Fortunately, Istanbul has some spectacular galleries with regular photography exhibitions to challenge them (and to enthrall those of us with a developed interest).

Overlooking the Tophane’s seafront, Istanbul Modern Museum‘s lower level is a staple for serious photography fans as it is dedicated to regularly rotating exhibitions. Not too far from there and located in one of those authentic streets between Karaköy and Galata, Galata Fotoğrafhanesi is well worth the detour for enthusiasts, with exhibitions contemplating towards social issues in Turkey. Asmalı Mescit neighborhood’s Sanatorium, an arts initiative founded by a group of artists, is also a good spot for photo-lovers. The Empire Project in Taksim (founded by the son of renowned painter Mehmet Guleryuz) and Galeri x-ist in Teşvikiye also pursue the celebration of expressionist art through high quality photography exhibitions. Finally, C.A.M Galeri in Akaretler delights visitors by regularly featuring collaborations between emerging and experienced artists.

Istanbul Modern: Meclis-i Mebusan Cad., Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo No: 4, Karaköy – (0212) 334 7300
Galata Fotoğrafhanesi: Serdar-ı Ekrem Cad., Ali Hoca Sok., No: 15 A, Galata – (0212) 243 7187
Sanatorium: Asmalı Mescit Mah. Asmalı Mescit Sk. No: 32/A, Beyoğlu – (0212) 293 6717
The Empire Project: 10 Siraselviler Cad., Kat 1 D4, Taksim – (0212) 292 5968
x-ist: Abdi İpekci Cad., Kaşıkçıoğlu Apt. No:42 D.2, Nişantaşı – (0212) 291 7784
C.A.M Galeri: Şair Nedim Caddesi No.25A, Akaretler – (0212) 245 7975

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