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Storyteller Aşki Efendi reading a newspaper in a coffeehouse

Storyteller Aşki Efendi reading a newspaper in a coffeehouse, © Cengiz Kahramanenlarge


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Object:Storyteller Aşki Efendi reading a newspaper in a coffeehouse
Description:The well-known storyteller (meddah) Aşki Efendi is sitting on a wooden bench in a kahvehane, looking at a newspaper he is holding with both hands. The text is in Ottoman script. Aşki Efendi is wearing a fes, a wide collarless jacket made of the same material as his trousers, a collarless white shirt, and a handkerchief around his neck. He is sitting between two marble-topped tables with his elbow propped on the one to his right, which is covered with more newspapers.
Comment:The scene takes place in a kahvehane in the Kadırga neighbourhood, Fatih. Ottoman script was in use in the Turkish Republic until 1928.
Location:Istanbul, Kadırga, Fatih
Country:Turkey (contemporary)
Turkey (historical)
Type:Photographic negative
Creator:Görgüç, Namık
Keywords:170 History and Culture Change > 173 Traditional History
530 Arts > 5310 Verbal Arts
270 Drink, Drugs, and Indulgence > 275 Drinking Establishments
Copyright:Cengiz Kahraman
Archive:Cengiz Kahraman, Istanbul (Collection Private collection), Inv. No.: ASKI - MEDDAH - CAM NGTF - NAMIK
Editors:Yorick Tanner, Cengiz Kahraman, Nataša Mišković