Marketplace in Manavgat - emanuele pagni


The town of Manavgat, situated on the Southeastern coast of Turkey, about 65 km far from Antalya and 4 km far from the city of Side, features many historical venues and offers to the visitor's gaze a verdant nature, astonishing and fascinating.

Although tourism has grown notably in the last decade, in particular as a result of a low cost housing development with aesthetically controversial achievements, Manavgat is still a typical Turkish small-size town, in which the locals strive stubbornly to preserve their own cultural identity and life habits.

To the eyes of an attentive observer, in fact, a striking hard social contrast appears, which is splitting the town from the economical point of view: between the exploitation of agricultural products and the tourism industry boom of the recent years. It is from this considerations, and from the knowledge gained about the region, that the pictures of the fruit and vegetable market of Manavgat originate: the market is a small corner in Turkey, taking place under the arcades of the bigger general town market and still maintaining the charme, the colours and the features of a millenary culture, still closely connected to the land, its traditions, its products.

The faces of the men and women portrayed are striking: they are faces without time, whose wrinkles tell the story and the culture of a people travelling and suspended between past and future... And then, the female wrapping dresses hide the body and hair of women thus telling the story of a still fundamentalist country, while at the same time the coloured flowers of the dresses merge with the colours of the fruits and vegetables on the market counters in a wide and lively chromatic variety.

A trip in time, in everyday Islam, in the encounter between past and modernity, between Europe and Asia.