Exhibition mirrors profession of photography in Turkey
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 17, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 17, 2015 12:00 am
Sixty senior Turkish photographers are featured at journalist and photographer Ömer Serkan Bakır's exhibition "Türkiye'de Fotoğrafçı Olmak" (Being a Photographer in Turkey) at the Istanbul Photography Museum. The exhibition opened on Thursday and will remain so until April 15. Starting his project almost 13 years ago, Bakır's exhibition was on display in 2004 for the first time. Over the years, he developed a comprehensive archive, featuring thousands of black and white photos, and the exhibition presents a selection featuring the photos of 60 photographers.
Via his personal blog, Bakır announced that he would like to offer his works as a present to the Istanbul Photography Museum's permanent collections. He also said in a statement that he took the photos of the photographers in two years due to technical constraints, underscoring the difficulty of taking photos of professional photographers. "I thought it would take less time to complete the project, so I studied for months to create the background concept and choose photographers and arrange the shooting process. I am now fully aware of the hardships of taking photos," he said. Born in Istanbul, Bakır graduated from the Marmara University Fine Arts Faculty and is currently the editor-in-chief of "Fotoğraf," a Turkish photography magazine.