KO New York, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo
“In 1956, William Klein turned the photographic conventions of his day upside-
down with his book Life is Good & Good for You in New York – Trance
Witness Reveals. He revealed a society that didn't match America's image of
itself. The controversial book was revolutionary, its photography as well as its
subject matter, and over the years it's never lost its power. Between 1956 and
1964, in a period of eight years, William Klein produced four city books that
completely unsettled the still-young photographic traditions. are filled with
grainy, brusque photos which depict the four cities in a way that had never
been seen before. His images of life in these cities have a ruthless realism
and at the same time visually reverberate the psychological, social and
economic mood of that time. These books, and New York in particular, has
had an unprecedented influence on subsequent generations of photographers
and designers of photo books.”
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.