This is Kayseri, one of the Anatolian tigers. These are a number of Turkish provincial cities where local industries have seen a tremendous boom during the last 10-20 years. The "Anatolian tigers" are a key factor behind the strong economic growth of Turkey, giving the country a place in the G20, which gathers the world's major economies.
But this picture was taken in the summer of 1970, long before the city was reborn as a tiger, and long before the Turkish economic boom.
Kayseri, although already a fairly important city, had a laid-back and very provincial atmosphere in 1970. Actually, even Istanbul had a rather provincial atmosphere in those days. Today Kayseri is a large, modern city, and this view probably looks very different.
In fact, a picture like this would probably be impossible today. A foreigner with a camera would not attract a crowd of laughing kids, eager to have their picture taken. Who cares about a camera today, when virtually everyone carries a mobile phone with a camera?
In the summer of 1970 I made a tour of Turkey, Iran and Iraq along with a friend. Kayseri is close to the famous Cappadocia area, which now attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors every year. In 1970 there were hardly any foreigners at all in this region. We rented a taxi for a half day trip of Cappadocia and I can't recall seeing any other tourist. I am not even sure that we had heard of Cappadocia before arriving in Kayseri. We just decided to spend a day or two there because it would make a comfortable stop-over between Ankara and the far east. Probably someone we met in the street told us about it and convinced us to go there.
This photo was taken with a very simple camera, I can't even remember what kind, and I probably used an Agfacolor CT18 film.
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mohammad_H (10072) 2012-11-20 7:09
I'm glad the people, ordinary and honest, are rural
You look good, good resolution
The start of a good day and enjoy every second of life.
dkmurphys (64537) 2012-11-20 7:15
Very picturesque scene. An attractive chaos there! Well taken!
fds (9569) 2012-11-20 7:42
ohhh dear friend another fantastic image from the history
a moment of the daily life with fantastic scenary
saxo042 (37966) 2012-11-20 8:23
An fil bild och ett värdefullt dokument från en gången tid. Jag undrar att du tänkte på komposition och sådant för fyrtio år sedan, men när man nu ser bilden så noterar man ju detaljer som man har lärt sig på TE, t ex den fina diagonal längs taken till höger och placeringen av minareten på tredjedelen. Synd att inte flickorna i förgrunden kom med i helhet, men du kunde ju knappast ha sänkt kameran mer. Det verkar råda en avspänd och angenäm stämning här, alla förefaller glada över att få se dig och Claes här.
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-11-20 9:17
Excellent writing up, great adventure.. I enjoy it. An interesting piece of history.. wonderful photo. It seemed that people made the most of the roofs.. a beautiful old wall, of course, kids and men added on more interests on the image.Beautiful light and colour. you managed beautifully with an old film camera. I think that the film camera has less control. I especially like the little girl's red colour... more 'real' than digital.
Kielia (24077) 2012-11-20 10:00
another beautiful document of a lifestyle accompanied by a very nice note. The photographer’s perspective is excellent. Times have changed a lot and I wonder what you are going to present the next time. Thanks for sharing!
ourania (51079) 2012-11-20 10:02
this photo has a great sense of discovery. Again we travel back in time not only thanks to the scene and ambiance but also to the colours and qualities of the old Agfacolor. A bunch of lovely smiling children have gathered at the bottom of the frame to welcome us. I like very much the depth, the clear and detailed depiction of their environment and the allure of the "old" colours. The strong, warm light and the smiles make the picture very pleasant. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
kwekwekan (1078) 2012-11-20 15:47
Great historical photo, which is well contextualized by your commentary. The scene is very well composed, with a great balance between the children in the foreground and the road-side shop, as well as a good placement of the minaret rising above the town.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-11-20 21:11
Excellent Documentation of history. The past helps us comprehend the present and guides us to the future in numerous ways.
The details of the photograph are tremendous.
The warmth of colour and the bright expressions of the people and the children has been wonderfully captured.
Such a scene of a market place - with the wares displayed oyt on the ground is fast dissapearing, taken over by modern departmental mega stores.
Great to bring it back, Gert.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-11-20 21:13
Hello Gert. These old pictures have a special charm because you see another era. Your text is really very informative and lively.
Decades ago, a camera was something special. There were only a handful of photographers who have photographed unobtrusively with modern small cameras (Leica). One of them was the famous Henry Cartier Bresson. Today, the sophisticated photography is easier and harder at the same time, because the photographer is himself under surveillance.
annjackman (21903) 2012-11-20 22:14
It is wonderful to view this scene from more than 40 years ago. The group of children is well balanced by the very full shop. How nice those children were so pleased to be in your photo. A very interesting note -I wonder what the same place looks like now.
Kind Regards, Ann
emka (106694) 2012-11-20 23:41
Fantastic shot from kayseri. It seems to me that I was there amsy years ago when I was in Cappadocia but I made no photos that time. I like the slender minaret, like a pencil and old walls behind the market. And how the goods or garbage are stored on the roofs! Like in Egypt. The foreigner with a camera is still attraction in many place, specially when the people, specially kids, can see the result at once on display. it was like this in Myanmar and even in the Himba village in Namibia.
Graal (103038) 2012-11-21 0:06
another interesting old photo from Your archive. Nice reportage about the daily life in Turkey in '70 years. Fine group of childrens on FG with natural smiles. Good scan.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (151000) 2012-11-21 1:46
avec ces enfants en premie rplan quelle belle scène de la vie quotidienne sueprbe avec ce échaoppe en fond très belle compo et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (65714) 2012-11-21 4:22
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, lepo secanje ...
Lepa serija starih fotografija ...
Dobar dan sa lepim secanjem na 1970. godinu.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Very interesting and good text, good memories ...
Beautiful series of old photos ...
Good day with beautiful memories of the 1970th year.
Have a nice and successful day.
All the best.
mkamionka (39937) 2012-11-21 5:22
I can't believe this photo is older than I am and it has such a great quality. Most of negatives of photos which I took around year 2000 are already quite bad with plenty of damage. Great street scene. I like especially the shop which seems organized and messy at the same time.
Whatever camera you had it seems you were interesting and unusual view for the locals.
Great work, thanks for sharing,
I have been in Cappadocia few years ago but on an organized tour which I really regret. I did not have a chance to see too much.
bayno (18344) 2012-11-21 10:30
many children around the sight of a tourist and more with a Camera in hand, I always surprise the smiles of the children who seem to have little in spite of really they enjoying, excellent document
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-11-21 15:42
The children are obviously enjoying the camera. I like the inclusion of the bits of background buildings.
abmdsudi (57672) 2012-11-21 21:28
Another classic of yester year, I like for the greater feeling of what it's like out in retro world backed by historic structures in the backdrop that excels in my eyes. This place has a certain charm coupled by the natural and the work flows with the elevated shooting angle from a bus perhaps, leads all the way while the children brought so much life and vitality. Really an evocative and wonderful insight then and you have successfully conveyed the actual atmosphere so vividly. Great photo works as usual. Congrats.
marabu61 (11279) 2012-11-22 2:04
another of your pleasing and interesting photos from the 70ties. It is a real witness of a time long gone by.
I love these kind of rural market scenes from all over the world. They give us a glimpse of the real live.
Thanks for sharing and Hejda
jhm (159949) 2012-11-22 3:24
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
A wonderful scanned image 42 year old but perhaps the reality of today.
Sharpness and colors be superb.
You create a very nice depth andperspective picture.
Lovely presentation, excellent captured. TFS.
daddo (27926) 2012-11-22 23:44
Hi Gert. I love this bit of nostalgia. Those children remind me of the little friends I played with when I was their age-similar clothes and hairstyles. Wonderful atmosphere.Do I spy a man carrying a watermelon? I like the resigned or is it patient stance of the shopkeeper whose roof has more that one role. Regards. Klaudio.
mesutilgim (97474) 2012-11-25 7:26
Hello dear Gert,
Another archive capture almost more than 40 years old !
There are so many interesting details here ! Well the kids, I remember it was quite common at those years that they posed for the photographer as a camera, and on top of it a foreigner with a camera was quite interesting.
But my favorite detail here is the add atop the shop : Offering ARTAŞ Pressure Cookers for 25 TL and with a guarantee for 10 years !!
A perfect TE entry with many interesting details and notes.
TFS and best regards
clic (18488) 2012-11-29 6:34
What sympathic greetings expressed by those kids staring at your camera!
The outside public market built with modest means by hearty people constitutes a strong attraction where tourists can strool by while hearing the wind-carried incentives to prayer emitted from the minaret.
Quite a touching scenery indeed!
kato (11630) 2013-10-16 0:40
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see Turkish provincial city with old architectures, familiar market and young kids in the sqaure. It's also impressive in general store that deals with household goods and furniture at right side. And, I love the laughter healthy of kids.