25 MASTERS of PHOTOGRAPHY
"Time in Turkey - art place berlin selection"
until August 10th, 2013
The exhibition takes place in context of the documentary and press photography festival PHOTO BERLIN FESTIVAL 2013 - THE BROWSE
, opening June 13th, 2013
The exhibition shows photographs taken in Turkey by 25 internartional renowned photographers. They wanted to show Turkey from an international perspective, free from an orientalistic point of view. Today, the Turkey Project of these photographers gets a very special actuality. It raises questions about a realistic view on Turkey, away from the usual clichés, and encourages the visitor to thinking about the message of the images.
"Within the project, titled 'Time in Turkey', the newspaper 'Zaman Daily' invited 25 world renowned photographers to tell stories in photos that reflect life and issues unique to Turkey from their particular points of view. These masters of photography, who have recorded sorrow, joy and the hope of people in their own style and language in various places and hotspots of the world, under sometimes difficult conditions, and whose works are published in internationally prestigious publications, came together for this project.
25 experienced professionals and journalists from Steve McCurry to Paolo Pellegrin and from Eric Bouvet to Anders Petersen showed stories from Turkey.
The photographs were supposed to be free of an orientalist viewpoint and preconceived notions of Turkish culture, and they were not to be taken from a touristic approach. The aim was to tell something new instead of repeating clichés. The people who could do it best were not those photographers who were merely experts in using a camera, but those who also had a different perspective in terms of their point of view, philosophy of life and educational background. The newspaper wanted them to visit Turkey based on both this background and their professional experience.
The 'Time in Turkey' project is an important contribution enabling photography in Turkey to achieve universal standards. The development of ethics in photography was started and continued by photographers working for newspapers, magazines and photo agencies. Today the most memorable works are still the products of press photography and documentary photography despite the advent of new photographic methods. We hope the approach to the development of photography in Turkey will be shaped in a desirable way."
Based on an article by Selahattin Sevi / Photo Editor of Zaman Daily
A cooperation with BERLIN PHOTO FESTIVAL 2013 - THE BROWSE
and ZAMAN - 'Time in Turkey'