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In Which Georgiou Totes Stole My Idea but My Computer is Busted

October 21, 2010

One of the things I really wanted to do when I started this blog was to do some sort of fashion photography. I love how people dress in Istanbul, rich or poor, male or female. But, well, females are the luckiest, I think, because of the sheer variety that can come out of a headscarf. You can go black, of course. But why when you have all sorts of awesome floral patterns to choose from?

Anyways, that photography project has remained half-baked. Thankfully, George Georgiou has come out with a “Young Turks” series that is literally just a bunch of pictures of young, awesome, Turkish people.

Friends of mine who know that sort of thing are less than impressed with the technical execution of the images. And we all kind of get a chuckle out of having to prove that no, not all Turks wear niqabs. In fact, very few do. Especially the men.

So since pictures are worth 1,000 words you wouldn’t read, we invite you to check out those pictures. Turkish fashion is alive, awesome, and really, really interesting. It’s really worthy of its own series that we just don’t have time for quite yet.

And if you don’t know George Georgiou yet, you definitely should. He had his own New York Times essay a bit back, which was pretty solid. His work on housing projects in Turkey, though is one of my (and I do believe our) favorites. It takes an impressive eye to ignore the Ye Olde Ruinse of Hasankeyf or Mardin to catch how people really live instead. And it takes good execution to get it done. So if you want a slice of life of real Turkey, outside of the ruins and outside of Istanbul, check out “Fault Lines.” It’s basically a photo essay of what we try to do on this blog.

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