Text and Essay by Mehmet Murat Somer.
200 x 240 mm
Kronas’ atmospherically dense photo series tells of Beyoğlu, one of the many diverse and contrast-rich urban milieus in the metropolis of Istanbul. Beyoğlu is a district in the center of the city that was occupied exclusively by Europeans during the Ottoman Empire and which has since undergone fluid changes as it is shaped by the multiple identities of its residents. Various cultures and subcultures have carved out and structured their own territories here. The rules and dogmas of a predominantly Islamic society recede, and what is abnormal suddenly seems perfectly ordinary. Kronas’ photo series focuses on the transgender scene in Beyoğlu, mostly showing prostitutes who are part of the transsexual subculture. Their ambiguous bodies are set against the geographic patterns of the city.
About the Artist
Karsten Kronas (b. 1978, Wiesbaden) studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld and at Marmara University in Istanbul and has been working as a freelance photographer since 2007. In 2009 he received a fellowship to work as city photographer of Koblenz.
About the Contributor
Mehmet Murat Somer (b. 1959, Ankara) is the author of the internationally successful Hop-Çiki-Yaya crime novel series, which is set in Istanbul’s transvestite and transsexual milieu. He lives in Istanbul.
About the Publisher
Founded in 1995, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Berlin specialises in books in the fields of photography, fine arts, and culture. Working together closely with international artists, authors, museums and cultural institutions, Kehrer Verlag creates its publications in alliance with Kehrer Design.