The Arts & Culture Alliance is presenting a new exhibition of recent photographs of Istanbul, Turkey by Dean Rice opening Friday, July 5, at 5:00 PM in the display case of the Emporium Center. In this exhibition, Rice attempts to underscore Larmartine’s quote by offering viewers a glimpse of the vibrancy, diversity and beauty of this city and its people.
While political protests have brought Turkey and Istanbul, in particular, to the forefront of recent world news, Dean Rice’s photographs reflect a city that bridges rather than divides cultures and reveals the people who bring these cultures to life. Rice has traveled to Turkey twice in the past two years in conjunction with the Knoxville Turkish Alliance and the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce. “I have had the opportunity to travel to quite a few countries, and I can say without equivocation that the Turkish people are the most hospitable and gracious I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I am proud to call many my friends,” Rice said.
Istanbul is a city of 14 million people that connects Europe and Asia both culturally and geographically. It has served as the seat of power of empires from 700 B.C. until the end of the Ottoman Empire following World War II. Each successive culture has left is historic mark on the city weaving an amazing tapestry of religious beliefs, architectural styles, cuisines, music and literature. Today, Istanbul remains the cultural capitol of Turkey and one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world.
Knoxville native Dean Rice has enjoyed photography for the past 25 years. Although he enjoys photographing the scenic beauty of East Tennessee, his primary photography interest lies in capturing images that portray the uniqueness of the daily life, customs and people from cultures unfamiliar to most East Tennesseans. In 2011, the Emporium displayed an exhibit of his photographs of the Miao and Dong minority people groups of rural southern China. Rice serves as the chief of staff to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and is an adjunct member of the faculty in the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information. He is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), Blount Mansion Board of Directors and the past chairman of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information at The University of Tennessee. He is father to twin 10 year old girls who share his love of photography.
Photographs of Istanbul by Dean Rice will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from July 5-26, 2013. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on July 5 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d’oeuvres.