chapter  10
21 Pages

Projecting Polyphony: Moving Images, Travelling Sounds

WithDeniz Göktürk

In one of the earliest cinematic documents of Istanbul, the camera pans across a bridge. This also happens to be one of the pioneer travelling shots taken with a mobile camera. Less than a minute long, the film depicts the Galata Bridge from a boat moving across the Golden Horn. Constantinople – Panorama de la Corne d’Or was filmed in 1897 by Alexandre Promio, the Lumière Brothers’ most widely travelled operator, who had also put a camera on a gondola in Venice one year earlier.