On 3 April 2011, photographer Jon Michael Anzalone went out into Istanbul and shot 24 rolls of film over 24 consecutive hours. Khamra Obscura is the total collection of those photographs, presented in sequence. The work seeks to establish familiarity with a city in the Islamic cultural sphere in order to foster mutual understanding.
Khamra Obscura is both a photographer’s journey to discover a place and a personal journey to understand the process of artistic creation. The images are strong individually but, read as a whole, illustrate the momentum and buildup of ideas and themes. Eventually, the poetry of the city and the poetry of art align and interact to form a strong and unified body of work which celebrates both the human spirit and the culture in which it was created.
I am a classical-style film photographer based out of Queens, NY. I shoot while I travel, producing most of my work for a year over the course of a short trip. I have worked in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, The Baltics, The Balkans, India, and Turkey, as well as the US and Canada. In my travels have nearly been eaten by wild dogs in Romania, stowed away on trains on three continents and befriended Dracula's neighbor. I was present in Mumbai during the 2008 November terror attacks. I work hard and I believe strongly in what I do.