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Latest from Istanbul
Meet the photographers: Rena Effendi
In our latest film series, we meet and celebrate some of the people behind our iconic photography reportage. In our first episode Istanbul-based photographer Rena Effendi talks about her process, why she shoots on film and her assignment to Libya in 2021. She had never been to Tripoli before but was soon won over and captured a mesmerising mix of full-blown glamour, oddness and a perhaps unexpected order and calmness. Discover more with The Monocle Book of Photography, which is available to buy today.
Istanbul: The Monocle Travel Guide
Beneath its inimitable skyline, Istanbul is a teeming, triumphant metropolis that is constantly being remade and reimagined – as our cinematic portrait explores. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Istanbul is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Istanbul Design Biennial
The second edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial distilled the city’s disparate cultural influences into a single powerful event. Monocle films visited to discover the region's desire to rewrite its contemporary design manifesto.
The Karaköy neighbourhood of Istanbul is poised on the brink of significant change as a major development project seeks to revitalise its port area, bringing hotels, shopping, residences and a resultant flow of tourists to what is now mostly an under-the-radar business district. As Istanbul moves forward with aggressive plans for growth and renewal, Monocle meets the people of Karaköy to find out what kind of an impact development there might have.
Soap opera tourism
A wave of Arab tourism is washing over Istanbul - and it's all because of racy Turkish soap operas. Last season Noor, the most popular, was watched by 85 million people across the Arab world. Monocle sets off to the Bosphorous to join the guided tour for avid viewers wishing to live the dream.
Urban Age Conference
Istanbul, a thriving megacity at the crossroads between East and West, is at a critical moment in its long and rich history. Monocle reports from the Urban Age conference, organised by the London School of Economics and Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society where experts discussed the future of this unique Turkish city and of the world's cities in general.
Istanbul to Van
Every night the TransAsya Express departs from Istanbul heading for Tehran. It takes three days and two nights to reach its destination, time enough for you to leave the European lifestyle of western Turkey far behind. Saul Taylor took the train as far as Van in the Kurdish corner of the country. This is the story of Monocle's journey on the slow train east.