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Frederic Lezmi June 20, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.

Istanbul 2008

Frederic Lezmi (b. 1978, Germany) grew up in Dakar, Geneva and the Black Forest. Due to his mixed roots, born to a Lebanese father and German mother, his work focuses on topics in the Middle East. His long term project “Arabian Prospects” has been awarded the Kodak Young Photographers Award 2004 and the Epson Art Award in 2007. His graduation series »Beyond Borders« has received the BFF-Promotion Award as well as the Reinhard-Wolf Prize 2009 for best final degree work in photography. “Beyond Borders” has been published by White Press/Schaden.com and has been nominated by Gerry Badger as his favorite photo book for the Kassel Photo Book Awards 2010. Frederic is represented by the Empty Quarters Gallery in Dubai and is a member of the German photo agency Laif.

About the Photograph:

“I took this picture in Istanbul in late summer 2008 while working on my Beyond Borders project. I was en route from Vienna to Beirut by car to see where the west ends and where the orient begins. This picture is taken from the bar of the Marmara Hotel on central Taksim Square. During the first days in a new city I often try to get on a high point, a hotel or business tower to have a view of the town, to see where it ends and where it would be interesting to go. I usually do not take pictures from the top as this kind of view does not interest me and I prefer to take my pictures from street level. But on that day, entering the bar of this hotel there was a window cleaner blurring the whole city behind him and just doing his final stroke. What a lucky moment.”