Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1391 W: 152 N: 6235] (31566)
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