Photographer's Note

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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