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Going Camondo Style

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 42

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.

For week 42, I’m taking you back to my Istanbul trip from earlier this year.


These stairs, the Camondo Stairs, were photographed back in 1964 by one of my very favourite photographers, the famous black-and-white street photographer Henri Cartier Bresson. For his take on the stairs click here.


Located in the Galata neighborhood of Istanbul, these striking art nouveau stairs were donated to the city by the wealthy Jewish family Camondo.


They climb up from the Bankalar Caddesi (Avenue of the Banks) to a school built by the same family. The stairs are made special by their hexagonal shape, said to have been chosen so that if a child slipped on the steps they wouldn’t fall far. Indeed, they were supposedly built to give the Camondos’ own children a shorter route to school.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 42 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week. You can see all of the entries from previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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