A Road Story
Coşkun Aral & Yekta Kopan

Talk

February 12, 2020 / 18.30

At the 180th anniversary of the invention of photography and the first photography trip that took place in 1839, A Road Story: 180 Years of Photography exhibition brings together interpretations and perspectives of photographers who explore the same route with today’s techniques. The talk featuring Coşkun Aral and Yekta Kopan, which will be organized as part of the exhibition, focuses on Aral's exhibited photographs of Mount Sinai, Gaza, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nablus, Sidon, Deir el-Qamar, Damascus and Tripoli as well as his experiences in those places.

Free admissions, drop-in. This event will take place in the oditorium. The talk will be in Turkish.

About Coşkun Aral
Aral was born on May 1, 1956 in Siirt, Turkey. Aral finished secondary school and high school in Istanbul. In 1974, he began photojournalism career in the newspapers Günaydın and Gün. He transferred to the daily Ekonomi ve Politika in 1976. Aral gained recognition by the international press with the photos he shot during the Taksim Square massacre incident occurred on May 1, 1977, the Labour Day in Istanbul. His photos were distributed by the French photo agency Sipa Press and published in the news magazines Time and Newsweek. He became then the Turkish correspondent of the agency while he was serving for the Turkish News Agency and the newspapers Milliyet and Hürriyet as a freelance photographer. In 1980, Coşkun Aral was tasked by the Sipa Press for the first time abroad Turkey. From then on, he continuously worked in the most conflict-ridden parts of the world such as Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Chad and Far East.

About Yekta Kopan
Kopan was born in 1968. He graduated from Hacettepe University Department of Business Administration. His book titled Recipes of Loneliness from the Kitchen of Love received the 2002 Sait Faik Short Story Award, Carbon Copy won the 2007 Dünya Kitap Book of the Year Award and The Loss of You was awarded the 2010 Yunus Nadi Short Story Award and the 2010 Haldun Taner Short Story Award. Kopan’s first children's book The Nose got published in 2009. He edited Silk Handkerchief, a dictionary study on the history of Turkish short stories. Some of his books that were translated into various languages: Who is Inside of Me?Cats Wake Up JollyA Family’s Tea GardenBetween Two Poems and Sakın Oraya Gitme (Don't You Go There). Having continued his work in dubbing since the 1970s, Kopan started hosting a culture & arts program on NTV in the early 2000s. During the same period, he regularly wrote articles for the Radikal newspaper and Milliyet Sanat Magazine. He currently prepares and hosts a program called "Noktalı Virgül" for Allianz Motto Müzik’s YouTube channel, and another program titled "Yekta Kopan’la Yazar Söyleşileri" for hepsiburada.com. Serving as a consultant at İş Sanat, Yekta Kopan also teaches at Istanbul Bilgi University – Marketing Communication Master Program.

Temporary Exhibition

A Road Story

At the 180th anniversary of invention of photography and the first photography trip that took place in 1839, A Road Story: 180 Years of Photography exhibition brought together interpretations and perspectives of photographers who explored the same route with today’s techniques.

A Road Story

At The Well

At The Well

Tadeusz Ajdukiewicz discovered the Orient in 1877, touring Syria, Egypt, Turkey, and the Crimea with Władysław Branicki. This experience made a profound impression on him, and he was to continuously revisit Eastern themes in his works for the rest of his life. 

Rational Medicine in Byzantium

Rational Medicine in Byzantium

Byzantine medical art was grounded in the Greco-Roman medicine transmitted by Hippocrates and Galen and new concepts introduced by such physicians as Oribasios of Pergamon, Aetius of Amida, Alexander of Tralles and Paul of Aegina. 

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

Kozbekçi Mustafa Ağa

When Karl XII of Sweden was defeated by Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in 1709, he fled to the Ottoman Empire and settled in Bender with his entourage for five years.