An Essay on Cemil Batur Gökceer, Civan Özkanoglu and Gözde Türkkan
by Anna Zizlsperger
When talking to gallerists and artists familiar with the contemporary Turkish photography scene, what is often mentioned is a strong influence of the Scandinavian aesthetic; internationally recognized names such as Anders Petersen, Alex Webb, Antoine d’Agata, Josef Koudelka and Nan Goldin come to mind. “Classical fine arts landscape photography is not really happening here, ” states Sinem Yoruk, who has run a photography gallery in Istanbul for the last seven years. A general consensus seems to be that the core of Turkish contemporary photography circles the human condition. By setting the spotlight on a selection of three young photographers from Turkey, I would like to make up our own mind on the state of this special issue.