About Stephanie
Stephanie is a photography and video artist originally from Michigan. After receiving her MFA degree from Purdue University, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey, and currently teaches art courses there. She loves anything and everything about pinhole photography and focuses on camera building techniques. Her current photographic series explores, in both pinhole and digital photography, the degradation of a small town.
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Current city: Istanbul
Stephanie is a photography and video artist originally from Michigan. After receiving her MFA degree from Purdue University, she moved to Istanbul, Turkey, and currently teaches art courses there. She loves anything and everything about pinhole photography and focuses on camera building techniques. Her current photographic series explores, in both pinhole and digital photography, the degradation of a small town.
 
Many places on the European and Asian sides of Istanbul can offer great views of the Bosphorus. But the shoreline in Üsküdar is unique for its limitless sight of the city’s historical skyline and modern architecture, all at once. Büfes along the shoreline offer some local foods, and it’s easy to grab a snack from a passing vendor. Seating is below the street level with comfortably broken-in cushions.
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The Arter gallery is one of the galleries that I like to frequent the most. The building was renovated in the past few years and has four floors of exhibition space. It always features the leading national artists and introduces contemporary international artists to the city.
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This cafe is a hidden gem; if anything, it’s a testament for exploration: make one turn from Istiklal Caddesi and you’ll find yourself in a completely different place. It’s great for some solitude during the day and the potted trees provide some well-needed greenery. The cafe has daily menu changes, but a decent coffee and breakfast can always be counted on.
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The Bambi Cafe is well-known for its döner and local celebrity sightings (check out the location facing this one and you’ll find the walls and tables are covered with images attesting to this!). Anytime for Bambi döner is a good time, but you’ll see its busiest and best moments are in the early morning, after a night out.
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Kadiköy is the slightly calmer equivalent to all the happenings in Beyoğlu, and yet, a must see place. Lâl Bar, located on the infamous Bar Sokağı (Bar Street), is a definite for a late afternoon beer. Renovated from an Ottoman house, the interior is covered with dark wooden walls and accents. A stay later into the evening will grant a local dj or band, and the location allows for bar hopping with ease.
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photographer, visual artist, visual story teller, founder of FiLBooks Istanbul, lecturer
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