Nights on Beyoglu, Timurtas Onan

Nights on Beyoglu’ is an epic work by Timurtas Onan. In his hands, the subject assumes a timeless expression of the human condition while being located now, in lstanbul in Beyoglu and at night. Timurtas is an artist in the great tradition of art. This is a complete and complex work like a l7th century triptych and, as always, he treats his subject with a sensitive understanding, respect and affection, mixed, at times, with humour. He is never, ever cynical. These images of life, taken after dark and until] dawn when the people of this human theatre return to their homes -lodgings, llats, rooms or card- board patches on the street, have a vividness that carries us to the heart of life in this vibrant part of contemporary Istanbul. The work sings to the colours. sounds and images of the street and the often marginal people he touches with his camera. He uses this as a painter would use his brush and palet and I am reminded of Heronimous Bosch, Goya or Toulouse- Lautrec. We see the street vendors of many sorts, the old men, the lovers, the disposessed and others seeking the distractions of the night; the lights of the shops and the cacophony of sounds from Classical music tumbling out of a shop to those other sounds belonging to the street. Here in its exaggerated forms is humanity found in its many colours; passing images in the life of this ancient city.

Istanbul city of light and shadows, Timurtaş Onan

Timurtas Onan was born and brought up in Istanbul. Becoming involved in photography in 1980 he has worked as a professional photographer for the past 25 years.

Through this period he has participated in, organised and attended many photographic events, taking part in and holding exhibitions of his work both at home in Turkey and abroad and also acting as a jury member for national and international photographic competitions.

His work has involved international photographic projects, the creation of documentary films on socially relevant issues and he is particularly well known for his distinctive projects on Istanbul. His work as an artist can be seen in many public and private collections in Turkey and abroad. At the present time he is holding photo workshops; curating various exhibitions, and working on new photographic projects.

Arif Asci

Arif Aşçı was born in Adana in 1958. He graduated from the Department of Art in the Istanbul Fine Art Academy in 1982. Between 1984 and 1986 he worked as an instructor at the engraving studio of the Istanbul Fine Art Academy. In 1986 he resigned from Academy and started travelling to Asian countries and taking photography. In 1989 Aşçı prepared the 12 episode TV documentary film, entitled “Turquoise” which was based on his three years journey in Asian countries. In 1996 he prepared and directed an exhibition on Silk Road, which showed his trip across the ancient Silk Road from China to Turkey with his team (4 people) by camel caravan for 18 months. In 1998 the book of Silk Road journey, “The Last Caravan on the Silk Road”, was published by the Kaleseramic Cultural Publications. The documentary of his journey was shown on TV in over 20 countries. In 1999, he presented “Silk Road” photographs during the Photo Journalism Festival in Perpignan, France. In 2000, his book, “Bahtabakan (Chameleon)”, which shows a portfolio in black and white was published by the Kaleseramic Cultural Publications. In 2003, Aşçı presented “Silk Road” photographs during Turkish Octoberfest in Munich, Germany. He presented a documentation in the 22nd International Architects Congress in 2005. The Album “Many Colors, One City” was published by the Kaleseramic Cultural Publications. Aşçi was a representative of Amsterdam Photo Agency during 1997 and 2007. Cover stories and photo stories were published worldwide in such magazines: Geo, Grands Reportages, Holland Herald, Res, Terra, VSD and Expressen. During 2003 and 2007, Aşçı took photographs of Istanbul with a 6×17 panoramic camera. Some of his photographs of this long term project were exhibited in the Museum of Istanbul Modern, Brussels and Seoul.

Stray Dog, Sevil Alkan

Stray dog’ is a long term black and white project that dwells on Istanbul and people, animals, objects on its streets. It simply developed out of the relation between the city and myself. I am trying to reach out to the viewer in an effort to unveil the complexity of ordinary scenes of life.

Most of the photographs emerged from an effort to interpret the movements of people in order to open for the viewer new channels of reflection. Which, in terms of the emotion it conveys, seems to have resulted in melancholy, desertion, irony, absurdity and even farce.


Ara Guler


Ara Güler is a Turkish photojournalist, also known as Istanbul’s Eye.
Ara’s work is included in the collections of institutions worldwide, such as Paris’s National Library of France; New York’s George Eastman Museum; Das imaginäre Photo-Museum; Museum Ludwig Köln; and Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
Ara’s philosophy on photography is that he attaches great importance to the presence of humans in photography and considers himself as a visual historian. According to him, photography should provide people with memory of their suffering and their life. He feels that art can lie but photography only reflects the reality. He does not value art in photography so he prefers photojournalism.
He has won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.

Sevil Alkan

Sevil Alkan is an architect and story-teller whose work focuses on documentary and street life.

She was born in 1979. She studied   and completed her master degree in Bauhaus University- Urban Studies. She started photography in 2013 by using mobile device and she continues her works in Mobile Street and documentary photography. She founded H-art collective which is a mobile photography collective in 2014.

Ara Güler


Born on 16th August 1928, Ara Güler is a Turkish photojournalist, also known as Istanbul’s Eye. He studied at Getronagan Armenian High School. His father owned a pharmacy, but had many friends that belonged to the world of art. Ara came into contact with these people and they inspired him to opt for a career in films/cinema. He worked in film studios and joined courses of drama under Muhsin Ertuğrul. Later, he leaned towards journalism and abandoned cinema. In 1950 he joined Yeni Istanbul, a Turkish newspaper, as a photojournalist. During the same time, he studied economics from University of Istanbul. Then he started working for Hürriyet.

In 1958 when Time-Life, an American publication opened its Turkey branch, Ara Güler became its initial correspondent. Soon enough he started to get commissioned by other international magazines, such as Stern, Paris Match, and Sunday Times, London. In 1961, he was hired by Hayat magazine as the chief photographer.

In this time, he met Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier-Bresson, who recruited him to join Magnum Photos. Ara was presented in 1961 British Photography Yearbook. In the same year, the American Society of Magazine Photographers made him the first Turkish photographer to become the member of this organization.

In 1960s, Ara’s work was used in books by notable authors as a means of illustration and were shown at different exhibitions around the world. In 1968, his work was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in a show called, Ten Masters of Color Photography. Moreover, his photographs were also shown in Cologne’s fair, Photokina in Germany. Two years later,Türkei, his photography album was published. His images related to art and its history were featured in magazines, like Horizon, Life, Time, and Newsweek.

Ara’s philosophy on photography is that he attaches great importance to the presence of humans in photography and considers himself as a visual historian. According to him, photography should provide people with memory of their suffering and their life. He feels that art can lie but photography only reflects the reality. He does not value art in photography so he prefers photojournalism.

He has won several awards for his work, including Turkey’s Photographer of the Century, 1999; Master of Leica, 1962; France’s Légion d’honneur; Lifetime Achievement Lucie Award, 2009; and Turkey’s Grand Prize of Culture and Arts, 2005. In 2004, he was give honorary fellowship by Istanbul’s Yıldız Technical University.

Aydın Büyüktaş

Aydın Büyüktaş, who was born in Ankara in 1972, dropped out form Bilkent University Tourism Management Department because it was not his future dream. After moving to Istanbul in 2000’s, he took charge in many awarded movies and advertising drives, while he is working for avant-garde companies such as Sinefekt and Makinefx after having improved himself in the fields of visual effect, 3D, animation and video. He started to give priority to freelance works after his character, which was designed by him in the form of 3D in 2008, gained international popularity. While he interested in Photography, he also has been continuing his academic education at the department of photography of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University since 2012.

Mustafa Seven


Mustafa Seven was born in Sivas, Turkey in 1974. He started his photojournalism career in Sabah Newspaper Magazine Group and continued with Hürriyet Magazine Group, Gazete Pazar and Milliyet before becoming the photography editor of Akşam Newspaper. Afterwards Seven directed his attention and works to street photography which he defines as “witnessing life”.

Mustafa Seven has been awarded at many national and international photography contests; he took part in numerous exhibitions and festivals, holding a personal exhibition called “Tek” in 2013. Seven, who has presented his work through various mediums throughout his career, has been using Intagram as an active channel in the recent years. He sees this medium as a personal portfolio space and he is one of the Turkish photographers who has reached the top number of followers.

Mustafa Seven also makes time for educational activities; he holds workshops on street photography and works on projects together with universities and other educational institutions.

He has two books published by İnkılap Bookstore; the first is “Instagram” which is a collection of Istanbul photographs shared on Instagram, the second is “Street Photography” which he has written as a guide for those beginning to work in this specific field of photography.

Mustafa Seven continues to work as a freelance photojournalist and to produce photographs that communicate the street and document the era he lives in with private national and international projects…

Monique Jaques

Monique Jaques is a photojournalist based in Istanbul. She has spent the past four years focused on documenting issues in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and India.

After graduating from New York University’s Photography and Imaging program she traveled extensively through the region and landed in Turkey. Recently her project ‘Gaza’s Girls” was shortlisted for the 2013 Photocrati grant. In 2012 selected as one of the recipients of the PROOF Award for the Emerging Photojournalist for her work in Post-War Libya and featured in the Bursa Photography Festival. She was also featured in the Ian Parry Scholarship show in 2009 and received an Honorable Mention for the 2008 New York Photo Awards.

Her work has been published by The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, GEO, The Guardian, and CNN, among others. She is represented by Corbis Images.


Akif Hakan Celeb


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 ) .

Mustafá Dedeoglu

Mustafa Dedeoğlu was born in Istanbul, in 1978. After having completed primary and secondary schools in Turkey, he left for Cyprus for university studies. Having graduated from Eastern Mediterranean University with diploma in industrial engineering, he returned to his home city of Istanbul, where he now lives and continues creating his photography essays. He first got in touch with photography in 2006. With time his interest became ever-growing passion of his life. In his creations the artist prioritizes composition, the story, that he aims to tell, emotional value of the image and its aesthetic qualities. To Mustafa Dedeoğlu style in photography is first of all reflection of the artist’s personality and philosophy in each and every photo he takes, rather than series of similar photos taken with same technique. Mustafa Dedeoğlu’s works are published in various local and foreign titles on art. The artist also shares his creations through exhibitions. Mustafa Dedeoğlu has been displaying his art in Russia, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, America, Tehran and France.

Hasan Hizli


Engin Altundağ

Engin was born in 1985 in Adana. After finishing school he studied diverse arts at several Universities. Amongst others he studied Photograph ASD at the art faculty of Kocaeli University, Izmit. His interest in photographing begun in his early high school years, thus he started working as photographer assistant in the first semesters of university. During this period he became acquainted with conceptual and nude art. In 2006 he published his first nude photograph series. He took part in several trainings in conceptual arts and related arts. Various magazines, in particular e-magazines published his photograph art related articles. Between 2007 – 2010 he worked for various magazines and newspapers as a professional photographer. Simultaneously he build the Aykırı Sanat Harabesi Community and worked as an editor for Tripod magazine and FotoArt magazine. Meantime he completed photograf projects like: Gölgeler (shades) Tren İstasyonları (Train stations) Nü Peride Pişmaniyeciler (Pismanye makers) Hegemonya Renkler ve Psikoloji (Colors and Psychology) Batıdan Uzakta (Far from west) Alamutun Arka bahçesi (the back garden of alamut) Pandora Sesimi Duyan Van Mı? (Does someone hear my voice?) Eşcinseller (Queers) Göçmen Oteli (Immigrant Hotel) Ayakkabı Bakıcısı (Schoe cleaner) Sisler ve Kar (Fog & Snow) Tamirciler (The Repairers) Barika (Barricades). Using works of the mentioned projects he staged ambitious personal and shared art exhibitions. From motionless Images to animated displays – Moving from photograph to cinema It was in 2010 when Engin Altundag started to work with multimedia, video art and short movies. He was director of various short movies and documentations, like Hegemonya, Devinim, Uzak, Zerdüşt and Göç. Among others he directed the medium-length film conceptual documentary “Selection”. Currently he is working at the movie film project of “Rüzgarin Sarkisi”. Furthermore he finalized his famous “Iran – before and after revolution” book project. We worked together with several foundations and opened ateliers concerning conceptual photograph. Meanwhile Altundag is a well known name in the international art environment, he won photograph awards in several countries. Besides his passion of photographing he is also active in fashion and jewelry design. As well as in computer animations, caricatures, sculpture and glass art. Currently he is busy working out new promising projects. So please stay ready to look over the rim of a tea cup – with Engin Altundağ’s eyes.

Melih Dönmezer






Melih Dönmezer is a Turkish photographer who likes to experiment with the photographic process. He digitally manipulates his images through several techniques, including that of combining them with scanned powered papers.

You can find more of Melih’s photographs on his page and on flickr.




Yusuf Sevincli


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Hasan Hizli




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