Witness to a Fading Lifestyle on the Anatolian Plain
SUSANNE FOWLER, The New York Times
An exhibition of the work of Josephine Powell, an American photographer who documented the lives of Anatolian nomads, has
opened at Koc Universitys Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL Hailed as one of the last great travelers of Anatolia, the American photographer Josephine Powell was witness to the
lives of nomads in ways that most Westerners could merely imagine, collecting artifacts and tens of thousands of images along
Some of her work documenting that fading cultural legacy during the 1970s and 80s is on display in What Josephine Saw, the
opening exhibit at Koc Universitys Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, an oasis of calm on Istanbuls busy Istiklal
The show runs through Oct. 21, and was curated by Kimberly Hart, a social-cultural anthropologist who is an assistant
professor at SUNY Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York.
It was an era of much political upheaval in Turkey, Ms. Hart said recently by telephone. There was a lot of economic
development, of mass migration from rural areas to the cities, but Josephine Powell did not show these things. She didnt show
factories, buses and Turks migrating to Germany. Instead she shows us lives of nomads and villagers in an almost timeless
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