Streetwise Istanbul~ Seeing ‘Other’ As Self | Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Streetwise Istanbul~ Seeing ‘Other’ As Self

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An East-West Perspective
In Words and Images

Aramis Kalay

Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Alara Çelik and Tuana Çelik

Deniz A. Aral

(Exhibition Program Director)



Aramis Kalay and Deniz A. Aral


Alara Çelik, Aramis Kalay and Meghan Nuttall Sayres


Tuana Çelik




Turkish Cultural Foundation
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
The Persian and Iranian, and, Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program, University of Washington
The University of Washington Libraries
Spokane Public Library


Atila Turgut (left) and Emirgan Aktunc, Uskadar, Istanbul



Project Overview

Streetwise Istanbul is a collection of images and stories about the street vendors, metro musicians, artisans and others who make a living on both sides of the Bosporus, and to whom Istanbul owes its color and vibrancy. Their words of wisdom often surprise and enlighten.

This project is a collaboration between an American writer, A Turkish photographer, and two Turkish-British translators with the aim of developing gallery exhibitions and presentations about the work.

Please contact Meghan Nuttall Sayres through this website to arrange for events at your school, university, museum or community center.

A social media campaign for Streetwise Istanbul launched in January 2016 on Facebook and Instagram, features weekly posts of profiles of hardworking, warm and creative residents of Istanbul.



Mehmet Oztekin,“Gramophone Father”, Sultanahment


Enhance global understanding and dispel stereotypes associated with cultures of the Near East too often presented by the mainstream media.
Facilitate cultural exchange between artists and students from America and Turkey.
Promote cultural diversity and mutual respect within our communities, schools and workplaces.
Encourage Americans to travel or study in Turkey.

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Images copyright of Aramis Kalay and Meghan Nuttall Sayres