Experience modern Turkey and the beauty and complexity of its ancient land, and grasp its rich culture and the warm hospitality of its people
After 3 extensive visits to Turkey, I thought I knew something about
the country. However, my own experience pales in comparison to the
author of this book. He has captured the soul of Turkey with superb
photos and a most informative text. A joy both to read and to look at."
UN System Coordinator
United Nations retired
Commissioned to produce a book of photographs on Turkey, professional photographer Dennis Jones spent a total of at least 70-day odyssey visiting touristic high-points across the country. A dream job for certain, and a responsibility he amply fulfilled with his collection of crisp photographs on this fascinating country: Land of Turks: Journeying through a Land of History and Hospitality.
His camera captures more than famous sights however, as he depicts the history, customs, traditions and faith behind the objects on the other side of his lens. Jones excels in spectacular wide-angle shots, as if he is trying to tell us that he needs so much more than a single frame to relate what he is seeing. The photos are well-composed and shot with respect.
A gentle text accompanies the photos, describing his encounters along the way and weaving background information on Turkish history and culture. We are treated to more than a travelogue in this book, for Jones visited not only famous sites, but modest homes and earnest schools as well. Although Jones favors sights to people in his photographs, my favorite shots in the book are the touching ones he took of everyday folk, such as the elderly woman chopping firewood in Cappadocia, the carriage driver hugging the neck of his beloved horse or the young man in Erzurum toting a cabbage that probably weighed as much as he did – because even though Turkey is a country full of amazing scenery – so skillfully captured in the photographs of Jones – it is always the faces of hospitable Turks that are the most lasting memories of any trip to this ancient and modern country.
Author of Yes, I would Love Another Glass of Tea: An American Woman's Letters to Turkey
"What a captivating, personal and visual first-hand look at Turkey!
Jones, both a superb photographer and observer, cleverly shares his insights, enthusiasm, and passion. A great book for anyone interested in learning about, traveling to, or simply savoring memories of Turkey."
President and CEO
Consumer Electronics Association
Producer of International CES