Born in Elazig, southeast Turkey, in 1953, Erdal Yazici completed
a foundation course in education at Anadolu University. He began
his professional career as a photographer in 1983 and had his first
photo-reportages published in the national daily, Günaydin newspaper.
In the following years, he expanded his portfolio to include publications
such as Cumhuriyet newspaper, Atlas, Gezi/National Geographic Traveler,
Voyager and Skylife magazines.
To date, he has held nine solo exhibitions. His work has also featured
in many slide shows and group exhibitions in Turkey and overseas.
He has undertaken several documentary style projects, which have
subsequently been published as albums. The first of these, entitled
BIR YAPRAK DÖKÜMÜ ÖYKÜSÜ (A Tale of Falling Leaves), focuses on
crafts slowly dying out with the changing production environment.
Next came the album, YARINIMIZ UMUDUMUZ ÇOCUKLAR (Children: Our
Hope for the Future), a photographic essay treating the theme of
children, a tangible symbol of our future. Here, however, the accent
is on children who grow up in adverse circumstances and the subjects
are depicted living life on the street, at school and at work. While
his first two albums feature exclusively black and white work, Yazici’s
third album, SON YÜZLER (Fading Faces), switches to colour and takes
up the theme of vanishing crafts once again. His fourth and most
recent album, on the other hand, considers the colourful world of
children all over Turkey under the title ÇOCUK DÜNYAM (A Child’s
Notable among his other documentary projects was an extended study
of the silkworm business in Bursa, which he worked on from 1992-2000.
In between, in 1999, he also photographed the devastation of the
earthquakes that year in Gölcük, Adapazari, Düzce and Kaynasli,
districts of northwest Anatolia. He has realised several photographic
projects on themes ranging from Turkey’s wildlife to its archaeological
and historical heritage and had this work published in book form.
He has also compiled photographic narratives on the demise of local
agriculture and wildlife, particularly through pollution.
Erdal Yazici is a member of IFSAK (Istanbul Amateur Photography
& Filmmaking Association) and currently works as a freelance
Photography Books of Erdal Yazici.
My Child World -2005
Urfa Exhibition Handbook -February
Children: Our Hope for the Future-1996
Vanishing Crafts: A Tale of Falling Leaves
books and magazines contain Erdal Yazici's photographs: Various of books and magazines
that contain Erdal Yazici's photograps.
2005……JOHN FREELY’s ISTANBUL
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