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A Nomad Among Nomads

She was born to be a New York society beauty, but the late Josephine Powell’s chosen world was that of the Anatolian Nomad. Five years after her death, her archive of photographs recording old Anatolia in all its glory will see the light of day in Istanbul

Josephine Powell wasn’t like other people. She did things most of us wouldn’t do, went to places most of us will never visit, and saw things most of us would overlook.

These attributes, along with a profound respect for nomadic peoples acquired during her work with the UN’s International Refugee organisation after the war, influenced her to become one of the great ethnographic photographers of Anatolia and the Near East.

See Cornucopia 30 for an earlier feature on Josephine Powell and her kilim collection.

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