03 04 2008

40 YEARS OF FOLLOWING THE LIGHT

40 YEARS OF FOLLOWING THE LIGHT...   All over the world, in every place, a person's country is full of poetic images. Yet, not just because I am Turkish, but because I am a photographer who photographs Turkey, I consider that my country truly deserves to be described as "an endless poem". I have gathered together evidence through my lens to help you to agree with what I believe. In this book, you will see framed shots of a lot of places from north to south and east to west of the Turkish Republic, which occupies the Anatolian peninsular, one of the centres of the old world. Through these frames, you will trace the civilisations that have lived on Anatolian soil, the changing beauty of nature and the seasons, Turkish people's way of life and their cultural values... in short, Turkey. You will observe Turkey, which is geographically both European and Asian, which is culturally both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, but most importantly of all, which is one of the countries of the modern world that is developing. Your attention will be attracted by the number of historical centres and objects shown in my photographs. Yet, I would like you to know that the photographs you see here make up only a very limited selection of Turkey's historical value. As a photographer, I must declare my inadequacy in photographing and presenting you with images of the historical centres and monuments, which in this country are numbered in their thousands. All in all, since the palaeolithic age, 29 different civilisations have held sway in this land, including the main ones, the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Urartians, the Hellenistic peoples, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuks and the Ottomans. In my photographs, I have also tried to reflect not only the historical sites, but also the Turkey that is alive today. Some of those who are interested will already know that Turkey, with its population today of almost 70 million, is the wo... Devamı

03 04 2008

TURKEY AN ENDLESS POEM , Zeynel Yeşilay

TURKEY AN ENDLESS POEM   Anatolia has been a cradle of civilisation and culture at every stage of the enchanting adventure of mankind's existence. In the struggle between mankind and nature, Anatolia has been the scene of man's attempts sometimes to understand what is happening at the periphery and sometimes to dominate it, his revolts and rebellions, and his love and acceptance of the irresistable power of nature, at every stage of his existence. The Palaeolithic Age, which began around 600,000 BC when man learnt to make sparks by striking pieces of flint together, has left its signature as wall paintings in the caves of Karain in Antalya, while the paintings nearby Beldibi caves are from the Mesolithic Age. From the Neolithic Age, through the Chalcolithic Age to the Old Bronze Age, metals, foods, weaving and ceramics were added during the procession of development in all aspects of hunting and life. The settlements at Hacılar, Çatalhöyük, Tilkitepe, Canhasan, Alişar and Alacahöyük are at the head of this procession. During the Bronze Age, man came to feel that his limited living space constricted his existence and spirit. With the undying melodies of Anatolia, new dreams were added to the love of the hammer and anvil as metals were being fashioned, the four wheeled cart's longing for the road and the sound of the potter's wheel. The melodies of Anatolia, which were gathered up and carried in by the wind, were first blended together at Troy, the most importants centre of the "city state". After that, they were heard and felt at Demircihöyük (Eskişehir), Karataş, Kusura, Tarsus, Karaoğlan, Alişar, Aslantepe, Norşuntepe, Keban, Pulur, İkiztepe and Köşgerbaba. At around 1950 BC, during the age of the Assyrian Trade Colonies, written history began as did trade and cultural exchange between the Assyrians and the city states founded by the Late Hattis in Anatolia. The first civilisations in Anatolia The first political union in Anatolia was estab... Devamı

03 04 2008

TURKEY AN ENDLESS POEM , Zeynel Yeşilay

TURKEY AN ENDLESS POEM   Anatolia has been a cradle of civilisation and culture at every stage of the enchanting adventure of mankind's existence. In the struggle between mankind and nature, Anatolia has been the scene of man's attempts sometimes to understand what is happening at the periphery and sometimes to dominate it, his revolts and rebellions, and his love and acceptance of the irresistable power of nature, at every stage of his existence. The Palaeolithic Age, which began around 600,000 BC when man learnt to make sparks by striking pieces of flint together, has left its signature as wall paintings in the caves of Karain in Antalya, while the paintings nearby Beldibi caves are from the Mesolithic Age. From the Neolithic Age, through the Chalcolithic Age to the Old Bronze Age, metals, foods, weaving and ceramics were added during the procession of development in all aspects of hunting and life. The settlements at Hacılar, Çatalhöyük, Tilkitepe, Canhasan, Alişar and Alacahöyük are at the head of this procession. During the Bronze Age, man came to feel that his limited living space constricted his existence and spirit. With the undying melodies of Anatolia, new dreams were added to the love of the hammer and anvil as metals were being fashioned, the four wheeled cart's longing for the road and the sound of the potter's wheel. The melodies of Anatolia, which were gathered up and carried in by the wind, were first blended together at Troy, the most importants centre of the "city state". After that, they were heard and felt at Demircihöyük (Eskişehir), Karataş, Kusura, Tarsus, Karaoğlan, Alişar, Aslantepe, Norşuntepe, Keban, Pulur, İkiztepe and Köşgerbaba. At around 1950 BC, during the age of the Assyrian Trade Colonies, written history began as did trade and cultural exchange between the Assyrians and the city states founded by the Late Hattis in Anatolia. The first civilisations in Anatolia The first pol... Devamı

03 04 2008

CV (ZEYNEL YEŞİLAY )

ZEYNEL YEŞİLAY   Zeynel was born in 1950 in Şanlıurfa Turkey. He graduated from the department of French Language and Literature at Gazi University in Ankara. His passion for photography started during his secondary school years when his father gave him a Kodak box camera which he still possesses. He started working at the Turkish Republic Tourism and Information Ministry in 1970, where he worked until 1982, and at this time he had the opportunity to tour Turkey extensively. He traveled widely in Anatolia in the company of foreign professional photographers and film makers, benefiting from their expertise and guidance. His photo of the İshak Paşa Palace in Doğubetazıt was printed as a poster by the Ministry in 1978, and his photographs have been used in many books and prints in Turkey and abroad. He was posted to Cyprus in 1976, and the photos he took there with photographer Olgun Özer were used in the posters and brochures of North Cyprus.   During the time he worked for (TUTAV) Turkish Information Organisation a great many of Zeynel’s photos were featured in the magazine “Image of Turkey,” where he was the photographic adviser, and where he made multivision programmes. He has held joint and sole exhibitions, received more than twenty prizes at international and national competitions, and has won many awards.   He has worked at the Anatolia Handcraft Centre, presided over by Guran Erbek, where he worked with very valuable researchers and experts, took photos of Turkish Handcrafts and organised exhibitions and publications. He has worked with the best photographers in Turkey, Sami Güner, Sıtkı Fırat, Ozan Sağdıç, Haydar Volkan, and Mustafa Türktılmaz.   Zeynel Yeşilay, who started working at the Turkish Republic Prime Ministry in 1993, became the secretary and chief advisor of the deputy Prime Ministers Necmettin Cevheri, Nahit Menteşe, Tansu Çiller and Prime Minister Büle... Devamı

03 04 2008

CV

ÖZGEÇMİŞ   Şanlıurfa'da 1950 yılında doğdu. Ankara Gazi Üniversitesi Yabancı Diller, Fransız Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü'nden mezun oldu. Fotoğraf tutkusu ortaokul döneminde satın aldığı ve halen arşivinde sakladığı "Kodak" kutu makine ile başladı. 1970 yılında Turizm ve Tanıtma Bakanlığı'na girdi. 1982 yılına kadar, çeşitli zamanlarda Türkiye'yi fotograflamak amacıyla birkaç kez dolaşma imkanı buldu. Fransız fotoğraf sanatçıları Roland ve Sabrina Michaud ile Anadolu'nun her yöresini dolaştı. Onların fotoğraf çekim tekniği ve görüşlerinden yararlandı. 1978 yılında Doğubayazıt, İshak Paşa Sarayı fotoğrafı, Bakanlık tarafından afiş olarak basıldı. PTT tarafından aynı fotograf posta pulu olarak da kullanıldı. Fotoğrafları yurtiçi ve yurtdışında pek çok kitap ve yayında kullanıldı.    KKTC'ye 1976  yılında görevli olarak gitti ve orada çektiği fotoğraflar bu ülkenin turizm çalışmalarında, ilk afiş ve broşürlerinde kullanıldı.   1981 yılında Türk, Fransız ve Belçika ortak yapımı olarak gerçekleştirilen ve  Devlet Tiyatro Sanatçıları tarafından  ilk defa Atatürk’ün canlandırıldığı "ATATÜRK" filminin Ankara ve İstanbul’da yapılan çekimlerinde ki bütün   fotograf çalışmalarını yaptı. Fotograf  yarışmalarında 10'un üzerinde ödül kazandı. Karma ve kişisel sergiler açan sanatçının, Türk Tanıtma Vakfı'nda (TÜTAV) çalıştığı dönemde, fotograf danışmanlığını da yaptığı aylık  "Image of Turkey" dergisinde pek çok fotografı yayınlandı. Multivizyon programları yaptı. Türk El Sanatları Uzmanı Güran Erbek'in başkanlığında oluşturulan (AVARC) Anadolu El Sanatları Araştırma Merkezi'nde değerli araştırmacılar ve uzmanlar ile çalışarak, pek çok fotoğraf çekimi, multivizyon, sergi ve yayın gerçekleştirdi. Sami Güner ve Sıtkı Fırat gibi Türkiye'nin önde gelen fotoğraf ustaları ile çalıştı.   1984-1989 yılları arasında... Devamı