Basmane (Izmir, Turkey): Historical Smyrna
by Eddie James Girdner
In the nineteenth century, Basmane was a factory area. Basmane Railway Station was built between 1864 and 1866 for the Smyrna Cassaba Railway, which ran from Izmir to Turgutlu. In 1934 it became part of the Turkish State Railway system.
Today, Basmane is a traditional area of small shops, restaurants and hotels along historical Anafartalar Street. In the last few years, the area has changed with the coming of Syrian refugees. Many shops have been taken over by these new immigrants. It is a colourful and interesting area of the city, which is shown in these images.
All pictures were taken with a Leica M6 TTL camera with black and white film.
Basmane Railway Station, the main railway station in Izmir for Turkish State Railways.
A kokorec Vender in Basmane
Selling Simits near a historical fountain (Cesme). It is across the street from the Mosque.
One finds the most interesting mix of people in Basmane, it seems.
A very rich shop.
Mobile Shop, selling dried okra, tomatoes, egg plant and so on.
Roll Your Own Tobacco for Cigarettes. Giving the Ultranationalist Wolf Salute of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)
Out For a Stroll. Might be the happiest time of their lives.
A Saturday Afternoon Walk
A Square Near the Mosque
Waiting for a bite to eat.
For most, its a scramble for a living. Off to make a sale. These are the kind of poor people that America bombs in the Middle East. They are just simple people.
Plenty in the market, if one has the do ray me.
Man ain’t nothin but just a hoping machine (Woody Guthrie).
Many residents have come to the city from villages in the east of the country.
Local Restaurant on the Street
Used Clothes market in the Square. There are many Syrian Refugees, thanks to the war caused by the USA in Iraq and later Syria. The hell with democracy. They are just trying to save their lives.
Nothing like a good ear of sweet corn, anywhere in the world.
The Fruit Man Cometh
Night Shot of the Grand Corner Hotel across from the Railway Station.
That’s a little piece of old Basmane (Izmir, Turkey) or Historical Smyrna.
Its a great city.
Its a hell of a city.