A Living Turkish Master: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkish cinematographer, writer, director and photographer Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been gaining increasing acclaim for his movie-making abilities, but what is most stunning to me is his still photography. Just a brief tour through his Turkey Cinemascope gallery has been enough to make me want to hit the streets and villages again with my camera and an impossible dream that one day I could make images like this. Some people have been getting pessimistic recently about the future of the still picture genre, fearing that one day video will overtake the stills for good. But when single images like these can be cinema all by themselves, I don’t think we have anything to fear.

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