International Edremit Photo Festival

Assoc. Prof. Dr. A. Beyhan ÖZDEMİR

He was born in 1965 in Gaziantep. He studied at Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Hungarian Language and Literature between 1982-1986. He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Fine Arts Faculty “Cinema-TV Photography” Department in 1990, which he entered in 1986. He completed his master’s degree at Dokuz Eylül University Social Sciences Institute in 1992 and his doctorate in 1996.

He opened 41 personal exhibitions at home and abroad. He organized many group exhibitions. He published a joint book called “What Does Photography Tell”. He published a book titled “Photos and Stories”. His articles have been published in various journals and he has given conferences at national and international meetings. He received many national and international awards. In 2012, he won the Şinasi Barutçu Cup, Turkey’s most prestigious photography award.

Between 2011 and 2018, he chaired the organizing committee of the International Izmir Photography Days 4 times. In 2022, he curated the 12th International Bursa Photography Festival (Bursafotofest). In April 2023, he organized and curated aid exhibitions for earthquake victims in Izmir with the theme “Art Heals”, and in May in Gaziantep with the name “One Heart with a Photograph”.

He usually gives lectures on photography and visual culture, photography and ideology, photography and propaganda, and works on documentary and street photography.

He made photography trips to more than 40 countries and around 300 cities. He served as TFSF Vice President between 2013-2015. He is a member of Gaziantep Photography Art Association (GAFSAD) and the president of the Visual Culture and Photographic Art Association.. He served as the President of the Turkish Photographic Art Federation (TFSF) in 2017-2019. He is still working as a faculty member at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography.

Works Synopsis


Death and life, the reality of existence, is a reality which every organism will one day encounter with.  When death occurs in many different cultures and geographies, the deceased person is buried in a special place called cemetery.  However, there is a different culture which does not want to leave their decedent relatives and continues living around him.  This desire of living relative to continue living in the same environment with the deceased forms the intersection point of death and living area.

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