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Warm Welcome
Photograph by Alex Webb

“I invite many Americans and Europeans to my house to show them Turkish hospitality,” says Ender Mermerci. Her 300-year-old summer residence, called a yali, is adorned with artistic masterpieces and antiques. Built for great dignitaries of the Ottoman Empire, many such multi-million-dollar mansions line the shores of the Bosporus, owned by the city’s elite. Graciousness also abounds on the humbler doorsteps of Istanbul, where a visit from a guest brings offerings of tea and conversation.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Kodachrome 200
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Unrecorded

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