Photographer and ethnographer Josephine Powell is an Anatolian
traveler who devoted twenty years of her life to documenting
the life of nomads and villagers. The product of this
arduous life journey, now on the trail of a camel
caravan, now on the back of a horse, is a matchless
welter of information consisting of countless recordings,
and hundreds of textiles and other ethnographic materials.
She had no road map for life. ‘Going with the
flow’, Powell charted her course by following
where her heart led. A graduate of Columbia University,
Powell took a job as a social services expert at a
Geneva-based organization involved in relocating refugees
after the Second World War. Until 1952, that is, when
she hit the road...
A journey that lasts over forty years is easier said
than done! Greece, Italy, Yugoslavia, the Middle East,
India, North Africa and finally Anatolia... Had you
realized your travels were going to take so long?
I came to Turkey the first time to photograph Byzantine
mosaics. There’s something you have to realise.
Coming here for the first time in 1955 was very different
from doing the same today.