Saturday, 5 November 2011

EMIN BARIN - Turkish Typographer

We love the work of Turkish Typogrpaher calligrapher, design and bookbinder, Emin Barin.

The following text is extracted from a website dedicated to his work:

Emin Barın was a multi-faceted graphic artist. In his own field, he was a distinguished example of the harmony of art and craft, which is to say creativity and craftsmanship. First and foremost he was a master of script; the last link of in the chain of traditional Islamic calligraphic art and the beginning of a new calligraphy that was both Western and secular. Yes, he was a passionate lover of calligraphy, but it wasn't just calligraphy. The art of the book is a nexus that brings together writing, paper, illumination/illustration and binding. And that is the art at which Emin Barın was passionate about and in which he excelled.

He put the loops of a broken chain back together in a highly creative way. He was able to raise a form of alphabet the top that was new to Turkey, while also working in reviving a past heritage which had the danger of vanishing.

Emin Barın the calligrapher, Emin Barın the bookbinder, Emin Barın the teacher, Emin Barın the art collector.  Talking about Emin Barin, one cannot overlook any of his many identities. However, he first comes to one's mind as a calligrapher. Not just because he was a master of script, but because he was the end of an era as well as being the beginning of another era. With his life and work, Emin Barın, was one of the best examples the new Turkish Republic's modern and universal way of approaching the heritage of the past culture and art.

Learn more about the man here and see examples of his work here

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