Photographer's Note

Nothing special going on in Samsun, just people living their ordinary lives in early August 1971.

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Samsun was, and still is, nothing special as a city. It is the largest city and port on the Turkish Black Sea coast, a busy place with hardly any sights of importance. In 1971, when I spent a day and a night there, it had a population of 138,000. In 2019 it had grown to 624,000, making it the 13th largest city in Turkey.

In my diary from this journey I noted that I took one photo, which obviously was this one, although I don't actually remember taking it. Judging from the diary it must have been somewhere in the city center, in spite of the look of a small provincial town.

I passed through Samsun again in 2012. It had become a bustling modern city and I didn't recognize anything at all. My visit was limited to about 20 minutes at the bus station.

I scanned this from an Agfacolor CT 18 slide.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11379 W: 555 N: 21973] (95812)
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