The city we now know as Istanbul has been an important cultural and economic hub for centuries. Under its many guises — first as Byzantium, then Constantinople, and finally Kostantiniyye/Istanbul — this magnificent place has witnessed a succession of empires, the migration of peoples, and astounding urban growth.
Organized by the Aga Khan Museum in collaboration with the Ömer Koç Collection, Istanbul.
Co-Curators Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip (Aga Khan Museum) and Bahattin Öztuncay (Ömer Koç Collection, Istanbul).
LEFT: “Golden Horn and Suleymaniye Mosque, built for Suleyman I” From the Album of Constantinople With the tuğra of Sultan Abdülhamid II By Photoglob Zürich, ca. 1890 Photochrom print, hand-tinted and mounted on boards Binding: full leather with gold tooling Ömer M. Koç, private collection
RIGHT: Detail of Muta-morphosis, Istanbul, Ataköy #1 By Murat Germen, 2012 Lambda C-print Photo courtesy of the artist.