Ali Borovalı was born in Istanbul, Turkey. A graduate of Boğaziçi University Business Administration School, Istanbul, he took his masters degree in Florida, USA, where he also received his education on photography. His quest for a specialized area in photography led him to the field of photo-reportage.
Ali Borovalı engages in personal projects ranging from a few weeks to several years of length, with a commitment to maintain a creative perspective on human life and its environment. His photographs encompass the rather remote cultures of less revealed geographies, with areas of interest revolving around the colours and identity of local people and indigenous life. His works are published by leading national and international publications including Atlas, National Geographic Traveler, GEO, Discovery, Image Magazine, Le Monde2, Elle, Marie Claire. Recent exhibitions such as Ice and Mount Athos in centers including Photokina – Cologne, Visa Pour l’Image – Perpignan and PhotoArt Festival – Poland have brought him international recognition. His work is held in private collections and has been the recipient of numerous awards including Fujifilm’s highly prized Press Photographer of the Year and a nomination for EuroFuji Award, among others. Borovalı has published photography books under Antartist, Khalkedon (Turkey), Militos, Mount Athos Center and Lambrakis Press (Greece) editions.
Ali Borovalı lives and works in Istanbul.
The multitude of arrays that constitute Borovalı’s playground, from nature to local culture, color to black & white, photo essay to documentary narrative, they all converge under that same signature. Quietness surrounds his subjects even in the most crowded of his photographs. Solitude, that dilemma of man, is at the same time the solitude of the viewer. All is done simply and quietly. As a photographer, Borovalı will put his words into images, while as an author, he will not say a word more than he needs in order to consummate the essence of his subjects. Not a loud voice, not a long speech. Just enough words to make his sentence, this constitutes the backbone of Ali Borovalı’s photography. Umberto Eco once said that great writers give their readers the impression that they could have written the text they are reading. And that I believe is also what exactly characterizes a great photographer.
Poet and Art Critic