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2011 starts with Ranya Mordanova

What better way to start the new year with a good Fashion shoot.

For the full story go to the link below

http://fashiongonerogue.com/ranya-mordanova-ahmet-polat-vogue-turkey-january-2011/

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Kemal’s dream, New exhibition at FOAM in Amsterdam

Kemal’s Dream

In his new project, Kemal’s Dream, photographer Ahmet Polat focuses on young people in present-day Turkey. The live of the most recent generation of Turks in this still-young democracy is determined to a large degree by the clash between tradition and modernity, and between religion and secularism. Many Turkish families still lead traditional lives; yet, a more individualistic and Western lifestyle also has appeal. For many young people, this produces an inner conflict that typifies the entire Republic of Turkey. Since the establishment of the republic by Kemal Atatürk in 1923, Turkey has been marked by a dualism that is often reduced to a struggle between East and West. The complex political debate surrounding Turkey’s EU membership intensifies this internal struggle and makes the search for its own identity extremely topical. As the son of a Dutch mother and a Turkish father, Polat recognized these issues and decided to document this essential process as reflected in his own generation.

For the past five years, Polat lived and worked in Turkey. He traveled from Istanbul to the Black Sea and from Diyarbakir in the south-east to the Aegean region to visit, photograph and interview friends and new acquaintances.

Because of his own personal history Polat has succeeded in depicting his subjects from the inside rather than just as an outside observer. This results in a personal document that brings the newest generation of Turks closer. Furthermore, by capturing youth in big cities as well as in the more conservative rural areas, he reflects the diversity within a generation.

Just as in his earlier work, Polat seeks the interplay between expectations, prejudices and affirmation. As a documentary photographer, Polat makes use of traditional visual language, but is able to transcend this through his dynamic and layered compositions.

With thanks to The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

Opening 14 October 17:30

15 October – 8 December 2010

FOAM, Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam

http://www.foam.nl

Vogue Turkey July, full story at fashion gone rogue.

For those off you who haven’t seen the full fashion shoot I did for Vogue, click on this link

Ashley Smith & Masha Novoselova by Ahmet Polat for Vogue Turkey, Full Story

http://fashiongonerogue.com/ashley-smith-masha-novoselova-ahmet-polat-vogue-turkey/

Vogue Turkey, July.

This Fashion story was shot in Bodrum inspired by the old images and memories of this beautiful harbour.

These images were part of a private archive.

Afro Turks No.4, Seminar at IRCICA Istanbul

Our exhibition in Izmir has a follow-up.
During a seminar organised by UNESCO and IRCICA we are invited
to present our archival and photographic research on the 10th of July
at IRCICA ,Yildiz Sarayi, Seyir Kosku, Barbaros Bulvari in Istanbul.

“THE AFRICAN-TURKISH RELATIONS: PAST ROUTES,
RECIPROCAL EMIGRATION AND PRESENT HERITAGE”
9-10 July 2010, IRCICA,
http://www.ircica.org/

Afro Turks No.3