Children playing in the street – Istanbul, Turkey

Children playing in the street - Istanbul, Turkey

My all-time hero of street photography was Robert Doisneau.  He repeatedly argued that the best street photography occurred on the fringe of Paris and not in the tourist areas.  I’ve taken his words of wisdom to heart and seek out fringe neighborhoods when I travel.

In Istanbul last week I visited this “red light district” near Taksim Square and spent an entire afternoon wandering the back streets.  The neighborhood has many abandoned buildings filled with refugees “squatting.”  I love the ingenuity of children.  The boy on the left made a swing from a piece of rope.  And the girls were quite jealous of him and kept asking to use it.

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