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In pictures: 'Eye of Istanbul' photographer Ara Guler dies at 90

One of Turkey's best known photojournalists, Ara Guler, has died at the age of 90.

Nicknamed The Eye of Istanbul, Ara Guler chronicled the city with melancholic black-and-white pictures taken mostly with a Leica camera. He died in hospital in Istanbul on Wednesday after suffering heart failure, Anadolu news agency said.

Ara Guler during a photo project in Istanbul on October 30, 2015 Image copyright Getty Images
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Guler, who was born to ethnic Armenian parents, began his career as a photographer on a Turkish newspaper and in the 1950s he was appointed Time-Life magazine's Near East correspondent.

He went on to meet famous photographers such as Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who signed him up to the celebrated photo agency Magnum.

His photographs captured the rapidly changing face of Istanbul - its best known landmarks as well as images of workers going about their daily routine. His work also took him around the world.

Kumkapi fishermen returning to port in the first light of dawn. 1950 Image copyright Ara Guler / Magnum Photos
Image caption Kumkapi fishermen returning to port in the first light of dawn. 1950
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Salacak landing-stage and Istanbul silhouette, 1968. Image copyright Ara Guler / Magnum Photos
Image caption Salacak landing-stage and Istanbul silhouette, 1968
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Nightfall in the district of Zeyrek, Istanbul. 1960 Image copyright Ara Guler / Magnum Photos
Image caption Nightfall in the district of Zeyrek, Istanbul, 1960

"People call me an Istanbul photographer but I am a citizen of the world. I am a world photographer," he once said.

Guler photographed many world figures including British wartime leader Winston Churchill; Indian stateswoman Indira Gandhi; philosopher Bertrand Russell; film director Alfred Hitchcock and the artist Pablo Picasso.

Alfred Hitchcock in his office at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 1974 Image copyright Ara Guler / Magnum Photos
Image caption Alfred Hitchcock in his office at the Universal Studios in Los Angeles in 1974
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Ara Guler with a photograph of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in 2012 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ara Guler mimics a gesture from his portrait of Pablo Picasso
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American playwright Tennessee Williams outside the New Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey c1955 Image copyright Ara Guler
Image caption The US playwright Tennessee Williams was photographed by Guler on a visit to Istanbul in the 1950s
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Guler also photographed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2015. The president contacted the photographer's family to offer his condolences and said that Guler would always be remembered for his work, Anadolu reported.

Ara Guler takes a photo of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Erdogan's study room in Istanbul, Turkey Image copyright Getty Images

Earlier this year, a photography museum opened in Guler's name in Istanbul and organisers used the event to mark the photographer's 90th birthday - with a cake.

Ara Guler blows candles on his 90th birthday cake on August 16, 2018 Image copyright Getty Images

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