Monday, January 24, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Tan Kurttekin

This post is part of a series spotlighting the range of artists and musicians involved in Floating World Projects. See all.


Born and raised in Istanbul, Tan Kurttekin graduated from Mimar Sinan University in 2002 with a degree in Fine Arts Photography. Since then he's worked as a freelance photographer in various advertising campaigns and publications for companies like Coca-Cola, Ulker, and Rolling Stone Turkey. In 2010 he was the director of photography for two films: Arabesk- Gossensound und Massenpop, a documentary about Turkish exploitation cinema in the 70's (here's a clip), and Impression of a Castle, a documentary focusing on Armenian-inspired architecture in Istanbul.

While very versatile in his style and approach to photography, his work is often characterized by deep color schemes and rich textures, with an eye for motion and symmetry. 

This month Tan traveled with fellow FWP artists James, Oben, and Guido to Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and the Al Salam glass factory in Hebron to film a documentary on the glass community and traditions in the troubled region. They culled together many hours of footage- hopefully a trailer will be released within the next month. More information on the doc forthcoming!

Check out Tan's website for more photos.

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