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Free Member, Dogubeyazit

About me

I was born in Bazit (Doğubayazıt). Using the camera of my older brother I started to take pictures in 1994. Though I am Kurdish and most of my life I have lived among the Kurds I cannot fluently speak the Kurdish language. Therefore, the camera opened new ways of comunication for me. My pictures tell stories about people, their culture and the surrounding world. Since the 90s I have followed the changes that took place in Kurdish society. When I started taking pictures people were very open and friendly to me and my camera, now I meet a lot of distrust. I was busy with photography in Eastern Turkey and Syria but Doğubayazıt is a special point on my map. It is a place I always return to. The most fascinating for me is the moment of history that discloses itself before and after the click of the shutter. Doğubayazıt is a place that provides the continuity for my stories. However, photography does not allow me to tell the whole story, sometimes there is not even a good moment to take out the camera. Sometimes I simply prefer to sit and chat with people in order to understand their story.
Wêne, em bi xwe ne
Photography is what we are
Gökmen Önay

Comments 4

  • xox 31/08/2007 14:06

    klasse ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
  • La Imagen 12/06/2007 22:21

    Herzlich Willkommen im fc, hos geldin ...
    und Glückwunsch, ein starker Einstand ...
  • Andy Pomplun 11/06/2007 14:03

    Welcome to fotocommunity.com!

    Good to see you found this place, where professionals, amateurs and rookies meet to share their views of photography, show and discuss each others work.
    I hope you'll find the things you were looking for when you joined and have the same fun I have since I became a member.
    Don't hesitate to ask me or any other member of the team if you have any questions!

    When I thought about making it easier for new members to join our community, I had the idea to write a short tutorial which might help. You can find it here:

    You might also want to gather some information in our online-help. There you can learn about the different features of fotocommunity.
    To get there click here:

    fotocommunity - share your passion!

    Best regards
  • Andreas Boeckh 11/06/2007 13:01

    Mit diesem Einstandsphoto hast Du die Erwartungen sehr hochgeschraubt. Willkommen hier. Viele gute Kontakte wünscht Dir
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