Ara Güler (Guest of Honour)
Born in Istanbul in 1928. He began his career as a journalist in a newspaper in 1950. He attended to Istanbul University, Faculty of Economics. He worked as the head of photography department in Hayat Magazine. He worked as the near-east correspondent for Time-Life Turkey, Paris-Match and Der Stern magazines. Having met with H. Cartier-Bresson, he joined Magnum Agency. In 1961, The Photography Annual declared him as one of the seven best photographers of the world. He was accepted as a member by the Association of American Magazine Photographers becoming the only Turkish member of the association.
He acquired the title of Master of Leica in 1962. His photographs about art and art history were published in Horizon, Time-Life and Newsweek in the U.S.A. It was his photograph in the cover of the Englih, French and German editions of the book, Metamorphose et Unite, that was printed in tribute to the 90th birthday of Picasso. He was invited to the U.S.A and took pictures of many American celebreties in 1975. The exhibition, The Creative Americans, he put together after this journey was displayed in many cities of the world.
He is an international war photographer, traveler, adventurer, documentary producer who was born in 1956 in Siirt. He started to take documentary photographs in 1974. He worked for various newspapers and in a short time he attracted attention with his own style. Especially the photographs he took during May 1 event, was published all over the world by SIPA Press. He made an interview with skyjackers for the first time in a plane which was hijacked on October 14 1980.
Beginning from 1980, on behalf of the newspapers Times, Newsweek and magazines Paris-Match, Stern, Epoca etc. he took the photos of well-known Gdansk strike in Poland, war photos in Lebanon, Ireland, Chad and Far East. His television show “Messenger” was shown on television channels with the catch title “World Diary”. Later television show Messenger was shown with the name “Colors of Turkey”.
In 1983, the photography album “Peace at Galilee” that he prepared with four war photographers was published by Edition de Minuit. He was in the book War Torn which was prepared by Pantheon publishing house in New York, including the 31 best war photographers of recent years. In 1988 his photography album “Turkey: Great Adventure of Thousand Years”, in 1995 in USA his two books “War dangerous Light” and “The Most Dangerous Places in the World” were published.
His aim for taking photographs is visual witnessing; he says “camera is the easiest but most gorgeous device that technology gave us”. To him, one of the most important features of a photo journalist is “point of view and experience”. Coşkun Aral is the founder of IZ TV which started its broadcast with the slogan of “The first information and document channel of Turkey”.
Gabriel Gelabert Brau
Gabriel BRAU GELABERT was born in Cardedeu (Spain) in December, 1957.
He’s a professional photographer since 1989 and he works in advertising and documentary photography. He also currently works as a photography teacher.
He’s the author of both books: “Lights of Africa”, “El tratamiento en blanco y negro del archivo digital” and “De la captura de imagen a la impresión fotográfica, una guía para fotógrafos digitales” published by Artual Ediciones.
He was honoured by the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique, with the “EFIAP” distinction and he got in 2007 the National Prize of Photography by the C.E.F.
He participated in a lot of national and international exhibitions and his works are represented by the Alonso Vidal Gallery, in Barcelona.
After graduating from City Planning at ITU (Istanbul Technical University), he got the masters degree in Architecture at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with a Gold Medal award by AIA (American Institute of Architects). Now he is giving photography, art and new media lessons at Sabancı University. He presented his works at conferences such as SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Mutamorphosis, Towards a Science of Consciousness, CAe, CAC2, EVA-London, eCAADe, ASCAAD. He participated in more than forty personal / group exhibitions in Turkey, USA, Italy, Germany, England, Mexico, Portugal, Uzbekistan, Greece, Japan, Russia, Iran, India, France, Canada and Bahrain. He is represented by C.A.M. Gallery in Turkey and ARTITLED! in the Netherlands and Belgium. More than forty editions are included in various personal collections in Turkey and collections of Istanbul Modern and Proje 4L Elgiz Modern Art Museum. Some works of the artist were sold at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and national auctions.
He was born in Fiesole (Florence) Italy.
In 1973 he purchased his first reflex camera. He prefers to work with B/W films. His preferred theme is reportage; he is also interested in getting into close contact with the people the photographs. He received several prizes and anonymous consent in various international photographic contests.
Awards: First prize FIAP (Les enfants du monde) 3 World Cups, 2 first prizes, 1 second prize and 1 H.M. in the FIAP World Cup for nations.
He has been awarded prizes in three different Nikon Contest editions. He has published folders (numbered, signed and printed in limited edition) with his work: “Portraits: Maramures at the end of Millenium” at the FIAP congress in Prato-Italy and “The World of Maramures” at the FIAP congress in Budapest (2004).
His last work judged to be the best of Congress, earned him the title of Maître FIAP
In 2006 the FIAP granted him the EFIAP/Platinum. In the whole world, photographers possessing both these two photographic honors Maître FIAP and EFIAP/Platinum can be counted on one hand. His last work has been the book “High Water to Venice”, the only book to describe the phenomenon of the high water.