Thursday, 13 November 2014

Nov'14 // new website!

It has been many years that I wanted to update my website ( .
Until I found the right style and the time to do it...

My new website includes info about 
my workshops, 
my book/books, 
and my latest project on Family Archives of my village. 

Let me know what you think, if it is easy to navigate and if you enjoy the experience of viewing it. 

Here is a preview:

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sept ' 14 // Photoville in New York + International Photography Festival in Leiden

I received an email. It was a lovely one:
You have been selected as one of 20 out of 272 applicants by our jury to present your work at the International Photo Festival Leiden 2014. 
which means: 
I was selected as one of the 20 New Photographers for 2014 from the International Photography Festival in Leiden, Holland. 
First stop is Photoville, from 18-28 September
and then Leiden 11 October-8 November 2014.

And of course, I am talking about Traces Within!

Monday, 26 May 2014

May 2014 // kassel Photobook Dummy Award 2014

Amazing news, happy news. The dummy I made with the family archives of my village is one of the 48 shortlisted dummies for the 2014 Kassel International Photobook Dummy award.

The shortlisted dummies will be on a kind of a world tour…From Milan to Madrid, then Rome, Dublin, Cologne, Paraty, Athens, Sao Paolo, Oslo and Paris. I will possibly be in Cologne, Athens and Paris.  
Here is more info:


04 June-25 July 2014 IED MADRID

06-28 june 2014 FOTOLEGGENDO ROME



24-28 september 2014 PARATY EM FOCO PARATY




May 2014 // Artist's Book Workshop ISSP

I was selected to participate in a 5 day practical bookmaking workshop with Nico Baumgarten in Riga. And of course I enjoyed it. I can now experiment with stitching pages together, making hardcover books, and perhaps even flirting with the idea of self-publishing...
I also attended the talks held by international photobook experts and flickred some marvelous books during the Self Publish exhibition held in Riga

Here is more info about the workshop: 

Artist's Book Workshop

3-7 May 2014 (5 full days) in Riga

During this workshop, the participants will transform a series of previously created artworks - be it photography, illustration, graphic art, written word or any other medium - into a handmade artist book.
Handcrafting a unique object or limited amount of copies gives us the possibility to go far beyond the form of the books we see on bookshop shelves. Not every story is linear, not every series of pictures requires pages of the same dimension. The idea behind this workshop is to find a smart translation of your work into a creative paper-based object and learn the skills necessary to execute that transformation.
We shall start the workshop by letting our imagination go, getting inspired by children's books, photobooks, book sculptures and whatever you bring along. We will elaborate an appropriate concept for every work, starting from editing and sequencing the images in a layout, and proceeding with the practical execution of the created concept. Every participant will end the workshop with a unique handmade book or object.
This workshop will leave you prepared (depending on your personal objective) to either present your project in a sophisticated way, self-publish your book in a limited edition, prepare a book for a print-on-demand service, or present it to a publishing house.


Nico Baumgarten (DE, 1981) is a freelance photographer and bookmaker trying to find a way out of the limitations of the editorial and art market by creating books. He has studied photography at the IDEP in Barcelona and bookbinding at the CFP Bauer in Milan. He has self-published three books, all handmade in limited editions: 'Berlusconians / No Berlusconians' (2011), 'Leer' (2013), "ma almeno ci sei tu amore mio" (2013). Nico has taught photography and bookmaking workshops in Berlin, Riga, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam.
Additional information:

Saturday, 1 March 2014

March '14 // Tokyo Institute of Photography, F Photobook show

My dummy Traces Within was selected for the F Photobook show in Tokyo Institute of Photography. Lucky book, it will fly all the way to Tokyo...
The exhibition will be hosted in 72Gallery from 26th of  March to 13th of April 2014.
My personal project Traces Within has matured over the past 8 years and it feels like this is the time for it to turn into a book. I can confirm that even as a dummy it looks amazing...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Feb'14 // Photobook Masterclass in Ankara

2014 will be a photo-book year for me...That's for sure!

Not that the previous years haven't been! Without realising it, I have kept a diary for more than 23 years, using text and imagery to describe my inner thoughts and feelings. Most of my life has been patiently documented on paper and film. 

Now it's time for editing, more images, more texts, more feelings, more creations. And of course books. 
By the way, my mum's album from when she lived in Sweden, was my first and everlasting inspiration in bookmaking. 

So, bookmaking:

The exciting news is that I have been selected to participate in this amazing photobook masterclass in Ankara, delivered by Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi. I will keep you updated. Now I need to book my flights. And then go back to the magic world of pens, paper and film. 

Here is more info about the masterclass: 
"Photobook MasterClass" will be carried out by Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi and consist of workshops in which 8 lens based artists’ previous work is collected in a book in one week. In the wake of the workshop dealing with the figural and notional aspects of the book form, the participant artists will come up with books consisting of their work as well as having the chance to discover the unique possibilities of the book form once and again with the experienced executors’ contribution. The produced books at the end of the workshop will meet the viewers with an exhibition along with a selection from the books awarded by "PhotoBook Awards" of Kassel FotoBook Festival.

Markus Schaden (b. 1965) is a trained bookseller and founded with his brother Christoph Schaden the Schaden Verlag, specializing in photography in 1995 and in 1998 the bookstore specializing in photobooks in Cologne. As one of the first bookshops went online in 1999, published more than 100 photobooks, participated in numerous international fairs and festivals and has organized more than 250 events and booksignings until 2011. 

In 2009, won the Red Dot Award for its Corporate Design. From 2004 to 2005, Markus Schaden was the vice president of the DgPh. As an expert for photography, Markus Schaden is part of the jury for the DummyAward of the Photobook Festival Kassel and of the BlurbPhotoBook Award. Since 2002, Markus Schaden is, together with Agnes Sire (HCB Fondation, Paris), jointly responsible for the Arles Photography Book Prize. Since 2008, he has been curating photography projects such as “The La Brea Matrix” and exhibitions relating to the photo novel “Love on the Left Bank” by Ed van der Elskens at the ParisPhoto 2011. From 2004 to 2009, he was member of the Editorial Board of the FOAM magazine and in 2012, he was Guest Editor of the second edition of the Photobook Review, Aperture NY. Since 2009, Markus Schaden lectured at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and works currently as temporary lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Dortmund and as lecturer at the Lichtblick School in Cologne. At the beginning of 2012, Markus Schaden gives up the trading activity and is now concentrating on the development of the digital and printed photobook.

Frederic Lezmi (b. 1978) worked as assistant to german photographer Wolgang Zurborn at galerie Lichtblick in Cologne and studied visual communication from 2001 to 2009 with an emphasis on documentary photography at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. Since 2004, he has been concentrating on topics concerning the Middle East. In 2005/2006, he spent a study year in Beirut as a recipient of a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). [Seite 5] Since 2006, he has been working as assistant of Markus Schaden and has been overseeing numerous book and exhibition projects together with Nina Poppe. His graduation series “Beyond Borders“ has received the BFF-Promotion Award as well as the Reinhart-Wolf Prize 2009 for best inal degree work in photography. “Beyond Borders“ was published at White Press, designed as a 11-meter accordion fold-out and was nominated by garry Badger for the Photobook Award in Kassel and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Since 2010, he is a member of the German photo agency laif. Frederic Lezmi lives and works in Istanbul.

Masterclass, between March 12 – 18 willtake place in KA Atelier, and the exhibition, between March 19 – April 9, will be held in the exhibition space of Goethe Institute Ankara.