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What Josephine Saw

Twentieth Century Photographic Visions of Rural Anatolia

Born in 1919, Josephine Powell visited Turkey for the first time in 1955 to photograph Byzantine mosaics. She then set out on her first comprehensive trip around Turkey, being the first foreigner to be given permission to drive across the country after the foundation of the Republic. In those years she became interested in Turkish flat-woven textiles. She set out to work with the Turkish nomads themselves, gathering information about their handicraft - what purpose the objects served, why they were made, and how they were created. She began amassing Anatolian kilims, sacks, bands and related artifacts in a collection that reflects the role and importance of weaving in rural Anatolia. She also played a major role in the revival of natural dyes in Turkey and in establishing the DOBAG (Dogal Boya Arastirma Gelistirme, Research and Development of Natural Dyes) Project, the first Turkish women’s cooperative that makes carpets using authentic designs and natural dyes.

By the time of her death in 2007, Josephine had a significant collection and photographic archives. Her collections of Anatolian flat-weaves and ethnographic objects, as well as copies of all her images were donated to the Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul in 2006. In this book, which is published within the framework of What Josephine Saw exhibition organized by Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations on 11 June - 21 October 2012, you will find a selection of photographs of the Anatolia that Josephine saw, as well as the memorial essays of her colleagues, friends, and travel companions.

247 pages | 88 colour plates | 1 x 1


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Table of Contents

Foreword / Ömer M. Koç
Foreword / Umran Inan
Foreword / Scott Redford
I: Josephine Powell’s photographic work and archive
Acknowledgments/ Kimberly Hart
Introduction Kimberly Hart
George Hewitt Myers Award, 2006, The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
Andrew Finkel’s interview with Josephine Powell, 2006
Brillliant in black and white: Josephine Powell’s professional photography as reflected in the collections of Harvard’s Fine Arts Library / Jeff Spurr
II: Josephine Powell’s visions of rural Anatolia
The Powell Archive at the RCAC: making sense of the photographs / Kimberly Hart
A camel caravan in Central Anatolia / Josephine Powell
III: Memorial essays
Josephine in Afghanistan / Nancy Hatch Dupree
Reminiscences of half a century of friendship / Halet Çambel
Remembering Josephine Powell: kismet, hasret and horses / Susan Scollay
Living with Josephine /Kimberly Hart
On Josephine / Serife Atlihan
Josephine Powell, the "American nomad" with unique photo archives / Birgitte Jensen
Josephine Powell: our friendship / Catherine Mortensen
The pleasure of her company / Martha Mahard
"Just get on the bus and go," she said: remembering Josephine / Leyla Neyzi
Josephine Powell and DOBAG / Eckhart Schroeter
My meetings with Josphine Powell / Elisabeth Steiner
Memory of a mentor / Charlotte Horton
Short piece on Josephine / Clive Rogers
IV: Details on Josephine Powell’s life and works
Josephine Powell: a chronology
Major archival holdings of Josephine Powell photographs
Josephine Powell’s photographs in publications by other author
Bibliography of Josephine Powell’s publications
Exhibitions of the Josephine Powell collection
Glossary of Turkish words used in captions

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