Istanbul Photography Museum
The first photography museum of Turkey was established through the collaboration of Fatih Municipality and the Association of Friends of Photography. The museum is located in the Kadırga neighborhood, an area representing a special time in the history of Istanbul, near Sultanahmet, rich with Mimar Sinan’s monumental mosques and examples of civil architecture, and where palaces and prestigious residences existed in the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. It consists of five photograph galleries, a photographic archive and a library in a 1,000 square meter area that Fatih Municipality has allocated within the Kadırga Cultural Center. This museum had been the dream of photographers for many years, and is managed by the Association of Friends of Photography.
The Kadırga Cultural Center building set aside by Fatih Municipality to support the formation of a museum to the Friends of Photography within the scope of the 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture initiative, was renovated during 2010-2011 and opened as a museum on November 19, 2011 thanks to the special efforts of Mustafa Demir, Mayor of Fatih Municipality. The building hosts four 60 square meter galleries and one 260 square meter gallery. In these galleries, 118 meters of lighting and 120 high-quality exhibition lighting fixtures were used.
The Istanbul Photography Museum will offer a brand new cultural service to Istanbul with its collections, exhibitions, publications, photographic archive, library, activities, projects and education directed at the development of the photographic arts in Turkey.