Istanbul: City of Two Continents showcases both the historical as well as the modern aspects of Istanbul—a fascinating capital of two past empires and the largest city in modern Turkey. The illustrations, artistically rendered using digital techniques, feature famous landmarks together with the lesser known but equally evocative areas of modern Istanbul.
The historic centre of Istanbul is an overwhelming record of Byzantine, Ottoman and republican history; of incomparable religious buildings, fine secular architecture, and bustling commerce. To the north, across the fabled Golden Horn, fashion centres, high-rise buildings, and the lastest in shopping malls cater to a thriving economy. To the east lies the Bosphorus. Lined with enchanting waterfront houses, palaces and castles, this bustling waterway joins the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and forms the boundary between Europe and Asia. On the Asian shore, which houses one-third of the city’s population in ever-spreading suburbs, the historic co-mingles with fine stores, lively cafes, and tranquil marinas.
John Cleave is an architectural photographer working in Washington where he has lived for over 30 years. His photographs have been widely shown and published in books and journals, and he has lectured in photography for the Smithsonian Institution. Britain-born Cleave was for many years with the World Bank and holds degrees in economics from London and Oxford and a PhD from Stanford.
John Freely has lived in Istanbul since 1960. He has written more than forty books, many of them about Turkey, including Sinan: Architect of Suleyman the Magnificent (1993), published by Editions Didier Millet. Freely has a PhD in Physics from New York University, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the History of Science at Oxford. He is professor of Physics at the University of the Bosphorus in Istanbul.
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