I like the interesting stairs so impossible to miss Kamondo stairs in Istanbul. Deniz went there with us just the first sightseeing day. The stairs are famous from the photo made by Henri Cartier Bresson in 1964. I tried to make a similar photo. But of course impossible as there are these bushes and the sign to Galata (not saying about the owner of the camera :)).
Camondo Stairs – built at the end of the 19th century by the influential Sephardic banker family, the house of Camondo. Legend has it that the family had the stairs built so that their kids could take a shortcut on their way to school. No matter what its intention, this art-nouveau piece contributes greatly to the urban fabric of Karaköy, and provides a stylish hike up towards the Galata Tower as well as a great set for your Istanbul photos.
Part of the Sephardic community in Spain, the Camondo family settled in Venice after the 1492 Spanish decree that ordered the expulsion of all Jews who refused conversion to Catholicism. There, some of its members became famous for their scholarship and for the services which they rendered to their adopted country. Following the Austrian takeover of Venice in 1798, members of the Camondo family established themselves in İstanbul. Despite the many restrictions and sumptuary laws imposed on all minorities, the family flourished as merchants in the business section at Galata at the outskirts of the city.
This family is now extinct; the last descendants, Nissim de Camondo was killed in aerial combat during World War I in 1917, his father died in 1935, his daughter and her two children as well as her husband were deported and murdered in Auschwitz from 1943 to 1945 during World War II.
As Workshop upload other photo
I wonder, if H.C.B. posted his photo on TE, would it be appreciated?
Critiques | Translate
serp2000 (33057) 2013-10-25 3:07
original stairs indeed, good idea to make it in b&w. As always very informative historical note. Impressive family history... And very nice heritage.Have a great weekend!
papagolf21 (79512) 2013-10-25 3:18
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Très bel escalier à double révolution. La mise en image permet de se rendre compte du travail réalisé.
Le choix du noir et blanc accentue joliment le contraste général.
J'apprécie comme il se doit.
jemaflor (74014) 2013-10-25 3:47
Interesting pov on these strange stairs, good photo with the contrast of the b&w version, a,d interesting human presence.
snunney (72566) 2013-10-25 4:18
An informative note to accompany this interesting composition. Good choice of black and white to emulate Cartier-Bresson and create a nostalgic mood. I like the inclusion of the people who offer a pleasing juxtaposition, one with the other.
Highmountains (2245) 2013-10-25 5:09
Usually I avoid looking at notes before I write my 'critique'. I do read them diligently later of-course. However, a Black/White post did make me curious ... More so, since the two individuals are dressed in sync with present times, but the photograph with its sharpness and tone look very much of a by gone era. The stairs with all its uniqueness have been beautifully captured. I am almost sure that you have seen how the photograph would look in 'sepia'.
Thanks for the documentation and sharing the photograph.
Sergiom (45244) 2013-10-25 5:58
On dirait bien que si un couple part dans deux directions différentes, ils devraient se rencontrer quelques fois en empruntant ces escaliers. J'aime le noir et blanc qui donne un petit côté vintage à l'ensemble.
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2013-10-25 6:48
The stairs lead the eyes right up to the house. Good shot on this beautiful symmetry
holmertz (31208) 2013-10-25 8:01
A fine photo from an interesting part of Istanbul (one of many exciting areas). It was certainly a good idea to make it B&W to enable a direct comparison with the old photo by HCB. Whether his photo would have been appreciated on TE would have depended entirely on how many daily critiques he had written. We all know that quality is only a minor part of "success" here.
InasiaJones (30006) 2013-10-25 8:35
I can't believe it!... We will now have to call each other before publishing, to make sure we aren't going the same way. Are you wearing a red shirt right now?... :-p))
Your version have a timeless quality, brought by the B&W à la Cartier Bresson. And it's an excellent conversion, with strong contrasts and nice deep black. I also like the tight cropping on the stairs, that is aligned with ramps on both sides.
I might be wrong, but it seems that you didn't had more sun than I did.
So many great photographers have been there!... :-p))
Have a nice weekend!
rychem (13553) 2013-10-25 9:29
Fascynujący kształt schodów, mogłyby wystąpić w musicalu, dobre ujęcie w dobrej perspektywie, nie dziwię się, że je sfotografowałas
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-10-25 13:46
This shot is worthy of HC-B! In fact, it is a fine "update" of the classic, with modern persons and the new foliage.
And you make me laugh -- as we know, the TE community may not find favor with Cartier-Bresson's images. We are fickle and opinionated!
Have a GREAT weekend!
mesutilgim (72870) 2013-10-25 13:49
Hello dear Malgo,
Nice capture of this famous stairs in İstanbul. For me a very unique rememberance as at the end of this stairs my Highschool the Austrian St Georgs college is been situated which I had visited between the years 1953 and 1961 !
and have a nice weekend
carlo62 (19313) 2013-10-25 15:51
bella scalinata, bello scatto e bel b&w, che posso dirti di più.
Hai scelto un momento ottimo per premere il punsante di scatto, le due persone sono perfettamente posizionate.
PaulVDV (17203) 2013-10-25 16:17
I have to admit that I've never heard of these stairs before but they certainly look very stylish.
A wonderful timeless picture in black & white.
Best regards, Paul
adidas5nb (2851) 2013-10-25 21:15
very nicely captured this famous staircase.great choice for b n w,and love the frame with these men placed where they are.
Wanda1 (14362) 2013-10-26 2:49
Inspired by your shot and that of André, I decided to upload my own version today :-). I like your square format and transformation to black and white as it gives a classic timeless feel, perhaps as timeless as the stairs themselves. Nice tight framing and I like the inclusion of the people to make it a real daily life scene.
sevy (14267) 2013-10-26 3:30
It is nice to see all the possible variation and point of view around this stairs. An evidence that each photographer has his particular way to look and to compose.
mirosu (8022) 2013-10-26 3:36
Superb monochrome photo, excellent light, nice arrangement, very good viewpoint. The two men add nice life to the scene. Well done.
Cricri (92041) 2013-10-26 3:51
Original ces escaliers doublé qui ce croise a un moment donner, Excellent rendu des détails par le choix du N/B, bon POV et cadrage
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-26 6:58
piekna kompozycja,piekne schody i w koncu naprawde znakomity pomysl aby pojsc w B&W(dodaje zdjeciu czegos unikalnego,ponadczasowego).
Podoba mi sie rowniez sam kadr i to jak umiescilas w nim osoby.
A tak przy okazji to nie wiem czemu moje pierwsze skojarzenie bylo-taka waska i kreta uliczka w San Francisco,bardzo malownicza i czesto widziana na pocztowkach(mysle ze tez na pewno kojarzysz z innych zdjec na TE)
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i zycze milego weekendu
jjcordier (67146) 2013-10-26 23:10
Cet escalier est en vedette sur TE en ce moment. ta version noir et blanc est originale.
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-10-27 4:50
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of fantastic staircase, lovely composition, excellent perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
Vasa (16610) 2013-10-29 11:16
Nice contribution to the theme, Malgo. It is curious how the starcases offert many possibilities for variations of composition. I even made a collection to follow the variations. Some staircases are really ellegant and always it is a dance of lines. So glad to attribute the compliments to you, master.
macjake (45556) 2013-10-31 12:35
reminds me a little bit of the famous winding road in San Francisco :)
i can imagine it was very difficult to fit everything into the scene, looks large, and you're up close to it.
the monochrome gives it a look where we can see some details and pitting in the concrete, I like that.
great subject! this one surprises me from Istanbul.
have a great day
rigoletto (32710) 2013-11-02 12:22
i guess bresson would get some 2 critiques to it if he wrote 2 critiques per week, and 50 critiques to it if he wrote 20 critiques per day :))
may the magnum photos forgive my sin, but all the recent three versions of it look better than the bresson version, imho ;)
kiks (11601) 2013-11-16 9:46
Verry curious stairs. I think B&W is the good choice ib this case. Also like detail of the tree at the left!
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (64110)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-10-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Tribute to HCB, Camondo Stairs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-25 2:44