If stunning photography and stylish book design rock your world, you probably already own a selection of Taschen
publications. Taschen is bold, brassy, and very, very German.
In Istanbul, three thousand miles from Taschen's home turf, the house of Ertug and Kocabiyik has produced some of the most beautiful large format, limited edition photography books in the world.
Specializing in books on Byzantine and Ottoman art and architecture, the large format photography of Ahmet Ertug is nothing less than delectable.
It's almost silly to put my photos of his photos in this post; my camera is a Sony Sure Shot with 3.2 megapixels. Ertug shoots with an 8 x 10 inch, large format camera. His photos can be viewed online.
Currently, we have three of his books in stock. In Pursuit of Excellence: Worlds of Art from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts was published in 1993. His ode to the principal mosque in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia: A Vision of Empires, was published in 1997. Anatolian Carpets: Masterpieces from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts was released in 1999 and is a must-have for the oriental carpet enthusiast.
How is a book that is itself a work of art put together? Sit back and watch.
Making of the Book from Ahmet Ertug on Vimeo.
As beautiful as our three Ertug publications are, the book of his to own is Temples of Knowledge: Historical Libraries of the Western World. Limited to 400 copies (another 100 "portfolio" copies are available), Temples of Knowledge is a showcase for Ertug's gorgeous, large format photography.
Did I just drool on my monitor?
Will Temples of Knowledge rival Taschen's SUMO and quadruple in value over ten years? As with all works of art, only time will tell.