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Layers of landscape: black and white landscape photograph

Layers of Landscape: Visions of the Changing Milesian Peninsula

13 November 2018 - 23 February 2019


Curated by Anja Slawisch and Toby Wilkinson

Presented in both English and Turkish. Daha fazla bilgi almak için, tıklayınız.


This exhibition looks at the changing face of travel, production and population in the Milesian landscape (around the ancient city of Miletos, today in modern Turkey) through photographs taken by various archaeologists, travellers and others working on the peninsula. Most of these photographs were not intended as ‘artistic’ images as such, although many have strong aesthetic aspects. Rather, as so often with photographs, it is through accidental serendipity, that each highlights different layers of landscape in an effort to document the speed of change on the peninsula. The aim is to encourage visitors and inhabitants to look again, protect and cherish their shared heritage, monuments and environment.

black and white photograph of a raft on a river and a man and donkey on the shore

Ferry crossing the Maeander River, carrying minibus, 1938. © German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul. | Üzerinde minibüs olduğu halde Menderes Nehri’ni geçen tekne, 1938; © Alman Arkeoloji Enstitüsü, İstanbul Şubesi


Note: As well as being exhibited at the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge, the photographs are also due be shown at the Archaeological Museum at Balat, Turkey, at the site of ancient Miletos itself.



This exhibition was curated by Anja Slawisch and Toby C. Wilkinson, as part of a project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 700769. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the help, advice and assistance of: Renate Schiele, Ayşe Seeher, Banu Dogan, Yannis Galanakis, Ulrich Mania, Berna Polat, Cemre Üstünkaya, staff at the Milet Archaeological Museum in Balat and the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge.

The Photographic Archives of the German Archaeological (DAI) in Istanbul kindly provided permission for the reproduction of images from their collections.



Find out more

Project Panormos (English/Turkish)

German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul (English)

Anja Slawisch research projects (English)

Miletos Excavations (German)



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