Female Gaze

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AMI VITALE

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic Magazine photographer, writer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has travelled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” 

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ÖZGE SEBZECİ

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Özge Sebzeci is a documentary photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She feels she finds her voice in photography where she loves getting access to different people and lives through photography. She loves to focus on gender issues in her work. In 2018, she has been a fellow of Magnum Photography and Social Justice and was in the 1st place at Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award in the same year. She is a National Geographic Explorer of 2020-2021.

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RENA EFFENDI

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Rena Effendi is an Istanbul-based documentary photographer, who describes herself as a ‘global storyteller’. Her work focuses on social inequalities, conflicts, and the environment. Effendi has received many international awards including, World Press Photo (for observed portraits in 2014), SONY World Photography Award (fine art category), Getty Images Editorial Grant and was short-listed for the Prix Pictet Award in Photography and Sustainability. 

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AMI VITALE

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic Magazine photographer, writer and filmmaker Ami Vitale has travelled to more than 100 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” 

Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has been named Magazine Photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, among others. 

Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images; an organization of renowned female scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers working together to create powerful and persuasive stories that shed light on the hardships women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them. 

© Ami Vitale

ÖZGE SEBZECİ

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Özge Sebzeci is a documentary photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She feels she finds her voice in photography where she loves getting access to different people and lives through photography. She loves to focus on gender issues in her work.

She graduated from the International Relations department from Galatasaray University and the Documentary Photography Program of Galata Fotoğrafhanesi. In the past, she worked in photo and news agencies as a photojournalist. Her work has been published in National Geographic, NPR, The New York Review of Books, The Huffington Post, NRC Handelsblad, De Standaard, VG and 140journos among others. The artist is also a member of Women Photograph, Diversity Photo and Varız Buradayız, and the co-founder of On Spec Podcast.

She has been nominated for World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in 2017 and featured in Photo Boite 30 under 30 Women Photographers 2016 selection. In 2018, she has been a fellow of Magnum Photography and Social Justice and was in the 1st place at Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award in the same year. 

She is a National Geographic Explorer of 2020-2021.

© Özge Sebzeci

RENA EFFENDI

Museum Gazhane
19 October-7 November

Rena Effendi’s early work focused on the oil industry’s effects on people’s lives. As a result, she followed a 1,700 km oil pipeline through Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, collecting stories along the way. This work was published in 2009 in her first book Pipe Dreams: A Chronicle of Lives. In 2013, Rena Effendi published her second monograph Liquid Land, where her images are paired with photographs of perished butterflies hunted by her father, a Soviet entomologist, who collected more than 30,000 butterflies in the Soviet Union. Liquid Land punctuates the theme of fragility and environmental decay of Baku, the city where Effendi was born and grew up. 

Effendi has received many international awards including the Alexia 2018 Professional Grant, the Prince Claus Fund Award for Culture and Development, World Press Photo (for observed portraits in 2014), SONY World Photography Award (fine art category), Getty Images Editorial Grant and was short-listed for the Prix Pictet Award in Photography and Sustainability. 

Rena Effendi is represented by National Geographic Creative agency and ILEX Gallery. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including at the Saatchi Gallery, Miami Art Basel, Istanbul Modern, and the 52nd Venice Biennial. She has worked on editorial assignments for the National Geographic, The New Yorker, Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times magazine, Vogue, Marie Claire, The Sunday Times, GEO and others.

© Rena Effendi

5 Questions to 5 Women
Ekin Özbiçer x Binnaz Saktanber

ONLINE

Working with prestigious fashion magazines, photographer Ekin Özbiçer talks with Binnaz Saktanber about making visual production in the era of social media and especially during the pandemic in this episode of Female Gaze.

Watch online here.

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Dilan Bozyel x Binnaz Saktanber

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In this episode of Female Gaze, fine art photographer Dilan Bozyel discusses her perspective as a director, writer, and educator, as well as her vision on the industry as a woman who produces in the visual world with Binnaz Saktanber.

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5 Questions to 5 Women
Özge Sebzeci x Binnaz Saktanber

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Photographer Özge Sebzeci, who produces photograph series and documentaries on stories about femicides and disadvantaged groups such as migrant children, answers Binnaz Saktanber’s questions in this episode of Female Gaze.

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Mine Kasapoğlu x Binnaz Saktanber

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Specialising in skiing, swimming and snowboarding, photographer Mine Kasapoğlu, whose photographs are also included in the exhibition titled Olympic Dreams as part of 212 Photography Istanbul, talks to Binnaz Saktanber about the ways of relationship and struggles between sports and photography.
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Ebru Yıldız x Binnaz Saktanber

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OPEN CALL: TELLING A HUMAN STORY
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with RENA EFFENDİ

Museum Gazhane
28-31 October

*The capacity is limited for this programme. Photographers and photojournalists interested in taking part in the training program must submit their resumes via e-mail. 

This is an open call for Female Gaze, a training program to be conducted by Rena Effendi, organized by 212 Photography Istanbul with the endorsement of the
US Mission to Turkey.

Application deadline is October 20, 2021.

 

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This workshop is open to women and LGBTQI photographers under the age of 35. The lecture will be in English. Female Gaze project was funded [in part] by a grant from the U.S. Mission to Turkey.

TELLING A HUMAN STORY
Photography Workshop with Rena Effendi

Museum Gazhane,
28-31 October

Female Gaze will use photography as a medium of recording visual experiences and in doing so, question the opinions of the majority and seek an egalitarian way to restructure the inevitable impact of the majority on media and society.

The project is a reaction to the limited freedom in the media for discriminated and disadvantaged groups of photographers and photojournalists, and the chronic gender inequality experienced across the industry. The overwhelming majority of the images we see on a daily basis are the product of the ‘male gaze’ which strengthens patriarchal presence in the photographic memory of society. By experiencing the world and intercultural dialogue through a more egalitarian view of photojournalism and photography, the project aims to present an argument.

Female photographers and journalists from Turkey and the USA have been invited to Female Gaze, which will include exhibitions, interviews, panels, and educational activities.

Female Gaze has a mission of contributing to closing the gaps caused by gender inequality in photojournalism and media by empowering discriminated members of society in photography and other disciplines. The program features a photography training program by Rena Effendi between 28-31 October at the Museum Gazhane.

Rena Effendi is an award-winning documentary photographer who describes herself as a ‘global storyteller’. Her work focuses on social inequalities, conflicts, and the environment.

Photographers and photojournalists interested in taking part in the training program must submit their resumes via e-mail. 

Application deadline is October 20, 2021.

Important reminders for applicants

  1. Applications to be submitted to: contact@212photographyistanbul.com.
  2. Please make sure the subject of your application email writes ‘Female Gaze – Training Program Application’
  3. The program is open to women and LGBTQI photographers 
  4. The program will be lectured in English. Good command of the English language is required. 
  5. The capacity for the training program is limited to 15 people due to COVID-19 restrictions. 
  6. The training program by Rena Effendi will be held at Museum Gazhane between 28-31 October. Qualifying applicants will be sent details of the program by email in due course. 
  7. The travel, accommodation, and food expenses of photographers from outside of Istanbul will be covered by the program organizers.
© Rena Effendi