The Exhibition: “Başkentli: Osmanlı’dan Cumhuriyet’e Ankara’da Sokak ve İnsan/ The Capital: Streets and People in Ankara from Ottoman Empire to Republic”





“The aim of this exhibition, which has been prepared using photographs from the archives of VEKAM and from the collection of Nezih Başgelen, is to draw attention to daily life in Ankara (known more from photographs of the castle, urban development and municipal buildings), to the people living in the capital, wandering through the streets, looking around at their surroundings, working and posing for the camera.”


Prof. Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu

Director of VEKAM, Koç University



Murat Akar, Curator of the exhibition


Murat Akar received his doctorate in Middle Eastern archaeology at the University of Florence. He has taken part in many archaeological excavations in Syria and Turkey, including at Kinet Höyük and Aççana Höyük in the region of Hatay. His research, focusing in particular on Amik Ovası in Hatay, is on the commerce of the eastern Mediterranean and its effects in the second century BC. Currently directing Koç University’s Aççana Höyük (ancient Alalakh) Research Excavations, Akar is a professional photographer and an expert in GIS.





The Vehbi Koç Ankara Araştırmaları Uygulama ve Araştırma Merkezi (Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research and Application Center), which was established as a research centre on Ankara by Vehbi Koç in 1994 as part of the Vehbi Koç Vakfı and which has been attached to Koç University since 2014, supports research on Ankara and its surroundings. Together with its rich library and archive collection, it also has an extensive photographic archive. This collection, which is constantly growing through donations and purchases, contains photographs and postcards documenting the geography, cityscape, structure and social life of Ankara. The vast majority of the material in the collection has been digitised and is accessible online to researchers.


Nezih Başgelen


Nezih Başgelen, who in 1978 brought out Arkeoloji ve Sanat (Archaelology and Art), the first popular journal on this subject in Turkey, initiated a project of educational colouring books aimed at encouraging children’s interest in historical monuments and ancient civilisations and documented very many unknown archaeological remains and monuments during research trips in Thrace and especially in eastern Anatolia. A collector of travel accounts, pictures, documents, books and maps related to Turkey, he published close to 1,000 works on archaeology, art history, ethnography, tourism, history and the protection of the natural environment.