Author and businessman Hanri Benazus donated his collection of thousands of photographs of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. This valuable collection is donated to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. kazanSaying that he is very happy to receive the award, President Soyer said, “It is the most beautiful award I have received in my life. We will carry the trust you left us on our heads.”
Author and businessperson Hanri Benazus, known for his books about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his collection of thousands of photographs of Atatürk, donated his collection of 20 thousand photographs of Atatürk to the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. A protocol was signed in the presidency of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer for the transfer of the photographs to be used in the exhibitions and events of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to the municipality. Speaking at the ceremony, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “You have made us feel very proud. I am glad that you are there, I am glad that you have devoted your whole life to such a work. We will evaluate our father's photographs in the best way possible. We will carry the trust you left us on our heads. The best award I have ever received in my life. I have indescribable feelings,” he said.
“I owe this city”
Hanri Benazus also stated that he was born and raised in İzmir and spent his life in this city, “I owe you a debt of gratitude. You are taking this huge load off me. I am 600 years old from Izmir. I grew up here, I owe this city. If I can pay this debt, thank goodness. This is not mine, this is Izmir's value. Now I will sleep peacefully," he said.
To be used in exhibitions and events
Within the scope of the protocol, it will be ensured that the collection is best evaluated, preserved, exhibited and brought together with the people of Izmir in the museum to be established. The researcher, writer and painter Derya Yelkenkaya, who is knowledgeable about the classification, ordering and information of the photographs of the collection, will take charge in the management of the museum to be established. The photographs in the collection can be used in exhibitions and events to be organized by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.