Biroz Üzmez
Biroz Üzmez
KORTEJO Family Quarters
The only thing that does not change is poverty Family houses that belong to underprivileged Jews now belong to Turks. After 450 years, Jewish family houses (kortejo) that indicates a life style specific to İzmir have become shelter for underprivileged families of İzmir. Kortejos where Jews who migrated from Spain used to live in by supporting each other to adapt themselves to their new life are now a new place for deprived families, unfortunate, lonely, and lost people. Most of them have similar stories. Young, old, women, men, children who have had significant difficulties in their life are now living in the same courtyard and trying to survive. These people's life has a common space, as well as a common destiny; it shows the possibilities of the future for us.

Biography
Birol Üzmez, who reflected the lives of mine workers in his photographs in Zonguldak where he lived for long years, was born in Akcakoca in August 20, 1960. In 1984, he began to take interest in the artistic view of his father's profession, who was also a photographer and became a member of the Association of Photograph and Cinema Amateurs in Istanbul (IFSAK) in 1986. In 1985 together with Fahri Bozbaş and Ertuğrul Ünal, he set an exhibition named "Once Upon a Time Zonguldak” using the photos collected from the archives of Nazim Baysal, who was one of the first photographers in Zonguldak. Following to the exhibition "Window" which he arranged together with Uğur Kasırga in 1986, he set two other joint-exhibitions, "Loneliness" with Ayhan Ülkü and "Life of a Miner" with İbrahim Akyürek. He worked as a member of TUSAK Board in 1987-1988. Founding the Zonguldak Photographers Group with his six friends in 1986, he continued to work for the development of photograph art in Zonguldak. He set four Zonguldak Photograph Days with that group. He revealed the photos in the archives of the architect Süreyya Aytaç. He worked for Cumhuriyet Newspaper 1990- 1993 as a free reporting photographer and documented the strike in 1990 and the firedamp disaster in 1992. He took place in the formation of the "Documentary Photography Group" composed of İbrahim Akyürek, Şirin Küçüktabak, Sevil Üzrek, Faruk Akbaş ve Celal Deniz.Till 2012 he made many projects and exhibitions. Today, he carries on working freely as a member of Simurg Photos and Ifod. And he is supporting National Geographic Turkey.