Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. After working in TV production , he has become a full-time photographer in 2004. He is an experimenter when it comes to new photographic techniques and styles. He aims to produce cinematic images that leave an impact on the viewer and always striving to go beyond established styles and widen the boundaries of photographic expression. He manages to implement and blend current trends in visual arts with his own creativity which is influenced by movies especially from the Far East. In most of his works, the goal is to give the viewers a story and set an atmospheric mood within the images he creates. He brings ‘Expressionism’ into photography with the use of unusual color combinations. He approaches fashion photography with an edge , blending contemporary art and photojournalistic aspects with glamour , sensuality and beauty. In 2006, he is chosen as one of the top ten best new generation photographers in Germany, he was also a finalist in 2006 International Color Awards. In 2011 one of his photographs has been chosen as the runner-up for “Image Of The Year” by American Photo magazine. He had solo exhibitions in Istanbul ( 2009 ) , Paris ( 2010 ) , Hong Kong ( 2013 ) and Sicily , Italy ( 2014 ) .