These elegant stairs designed with a unique mix of Neo-Baroque and early Art Nouveau styles are located in the Karaköy neighborhood and donated to the city of Istanbul by the wealthy Jewish family Camondo, which made it their principle to endow the city with enduring modern structures.
Leading the way down the hill from New Town above, the Camondo staircase was a fitting passage to the bankers going to work on Bank Street, but legend has it that the family had the stairs built so that their kids could take a shortcut on their way to school.
These stairs, which were photographed by Cartier Bresson, are also referred today as the ‘Bresson Stairs’ in his memory.
Camondo stairs, not to be confused with Macondo, a famous TE member.
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emka (106772) 2013-10-25 7:33
Hi Andre, What coincidence, I have also posted today photo of these stairs from Istanbul!! Yours is going down, mine is going up. I tried to mimic Cartier Bresson (hahaha). Nice inclusion of the Turkish woman in traditional dress. Nicely composed shot.
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-25 8:30
You have taken a really stunning scene from the top of these great stairs. Their unique construction and design created a spectacular view here. Excellent capture achieved. Good note submitted. TFS.
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-10-25 8:50
beautiful shot and the POV which seems to be perfect for this scene. The grey stairs dominate in the whole image but the woman catches an eye because of the color of her headscarf.
goodwill (4226) 2013-10-25 9:17
Great eye Andre,
holmertz (59142) 2013-10-25 9:43
It's interesting to compare this shot with those by Malgo and Cartier Bresson. Colour and B&W create such different effects, just like looking down or looking up could make the same place look like two different ones. The traditionally dressed woman coming towards us is just as important as the nicely designed steps. I'm glad you don't belong to that category of photographers who regard human beings as disturbing elements in street.shots.
PS Thanks for your interesting reply to my latest critique.
mesutilgim (97484) 2013-10-25 13:20
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 teh years 1953 and 1961 !
and have a nice weekend
PaulVDV (32641) 2013-10-25 16:07
A very attractive composed picture with the stairs winding into different directions.
The woman is placed exactly on the right place on the picture.
Best regards, Paul
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-10-25 21:06
well the stairs do look elegant and so does your frame.love the desaturation and the timing.lovely shot.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-10-25 23:14
Remarquable composition exploitant joliment les courbes (de l'escalier bien sûr). Comme toujours, c'est techniquement parfait, avec une intéressante unité de tons et une dame judicieusement placée.
sevy (58) 2013-10-26 10:09
Les escaliers sont à l'honneur en ce moment.
Je ne savais pas que HCB avait fait une photo de cet endroit. J'ai un peu farfouillé sur le net pour retrouver l'image.
J'aime bien ton cadrage qui donne un point de vue personnel sur cet escalier. J'ai d'abord vu ton interprétation avant de découvrir celle de Wanda et Malgo. Je n'imaginais pas du tout cet escalier comme cela.
Le cadrage est soigné: la rambarde qui part du coin, la netteté totale, le pignon de l'immeuble qui rejoint lui aussi un coin. Les particularités du grand-angle sont partie prenante de la composition globale de la photo.
CLODO (35754) 2013-10-27 1:21
La vue depuis un point haut et l'utilisation du grand angle (tiens, c'est pas du Cartier Bresson!) rendent cet escalier plus escarpé, ce que semble penser la femme qui fait une halte sur la palier avant de reprendre la montée.
willperrett (11814) 2013-10-30 11:17
I love the complex geometries of this staircase; and the inclusion of the figure makes an interesting graphic image into a smart street documentary work.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-11-02 12:17
what an endless inspiration for photographers! each corner and pov, each passerby combination give a different photo for sure. i like here a lot the careful compostion which spoils the symmetry and thus gives the winding staircase appeal more to it.
ps-1: i enjoyed your "turkey forever" reply a lot. tnx!
ps-2: the last line with macondo... lol!
tulipan7 (804) 2014-05-25 5:12
Wandering around Istanbul I also encountered these steps, liked them very much but didn't like any of the photos I took - but I do like yours. I have a couple of nuns in my photos but from behind and in the distance so your 'model' is so much better placed besides she has colorful scarf and purse both of which bring nice touch of color... Very nice...
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31566)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
- Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tribute to HCB, Camondo Stairs [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-25 6:16