Fatih is described as being a working class district, but the truth is that it's poorer than that. It's also one of the most fascinating areas to visit in Istanbul if you are interested in different communities, historic wooden mansions, churches, synagogues, mosques, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and most gratifyingly, daily life.
We've spent many days around Balat (Jewish Quarter), Fener (Greek district), Sulukule (Romani area) and Vefa, each having their own colours and personality.
We felt more than lucky to have a glance at these urban ghettos, as most of the areas are getting demolished or restored and will never be the same. This urban transformation process and gentrification is affecting the whole historic peninsula of Istanbul, in what is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just like it happened all over the world, from Beijing to Toronto, and Johannesburg to Melbourne, government policies are successfully attracting investment and middle-class populations to their inner areas, reducing concentration of poverty, but with unequal effects, causing housing crisis for working-class and poor residents, destruction of communities, class segregation and permanent homelessness.
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Suppiluliuma (3889) 2012-07-19 3:33
Unfortunately, that's true André.
Istanbul is one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas, and the cost of land is very high. The immigration from poorer cities is a theme that existed for centuries. When the city had specific gates during the Ottoman Empire, the city authorities could prevent the influx from the villages. Now, with the freedom of movement, hundreds of thousands people come to settle in the city annualy. That means the speculative value of land within the center is astronomical. Hence, the government's and municipality's incentive to "transform" the old neigbourhoods...
When I first saw your picture, I thought that a place touched by the massive earthquake of 1999. Apparantly, it is more than that.
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-19 3:38
it seems that the same mistakes are being made across the World, it shows that apparently we (humans) cannot learn from the other's mistakes.
Even if i like a lot what is shown in the photo in terms of photography, it's sad to know that a part of the past of the country is being ripped off in the name of modernity, always the excuse to refuse making the necessary rebuilding. Yes, it's easier and much more profitable to blow out and rebuild, I can imagine the prices of the new constructions, surelly not even close to affordable for the poor families that used to live there.
It's sad to know that only the country changes as the policy is really becoming more and more global...
Nevertheless, your photo is a real nice piece of document and you can always keep the memories of the chats with the good people that lived there.
Royaldevon (32971) 2012-07-19 4:48
You have highlighted some strong issues in your notes. It is such a delicate balance between keeping stable communities together and reducing their level of poverty. Not an easy problem to solve.
This is such a strong photograph. It starts with debris and decay and leads us brutally into more of the same. It is crisp and thought provoking! The symbolism of people walking unconcernedly through is powerful.
My warm regards,
SnapRJW (31625) 2012-07-19 9:14
An unusual choice of upload for TE Andre but an excellent shot and a very interesting note. Urban renewal, brushing away the old but brushing away communities and relationships at the same time. A poignant image. Warm regards Rosemary
jjcordier (78388) 2012-07-19 22:12
Une photo dont la remarquable composition "appuie" de façon forte ton commentaire judicieux.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-20 2:26
a spectacular photo with superb title, the vertical composition is attractive, great details and POV. Suggestive photo work, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
mjdundee (4663) 2012-07-20 2:43
Yes - the ordinary people loose their roots and the cities loose their face. Well observed. TFS
danyy (0) 2012-07-23 4:32
l'art de rendre le délabré esthétique et photogénique.
Des lumières très fortes parfaitement maîtrisées.
Une construction intéressante avec cette vielle valise en même état que les bâtisses des l'arrière-plan.
Une zone à restaurer au plus vite.
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31562)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM
- Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-19 2:53