Through my photography I seek to document my own personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as I see them and to share with others the beauty and diversity of the world I’ve seen. As the images of other photographers have inspired me to explore the world, I hope my own contributions will inspire others to do the same…
I take pictures of people, places, objects, and events and try to artistically capture and evoke a mood, feeling, or drama surrounding a particular subject.
Before becoming a web developer, he was an award-winning investigative reporter.
1989 | After graduation with a degree in Journalism from Istanbul University he began his journalism career at Cumhuriyet in 1989, specialized of Istanbul also covered national and feature news.
Journalism thrives in the digital age
1996 | He moved to Los Angeles for studying computer science and both theory and practice for broadcast, print and online media to create new platforms for online journalism. While covering the news, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. His weekly journals about daily life in the US have been published on national newspapers and magazines in Turkey.
1998 | Started a new life in Russia… He worked as a reporter for Turkish and International news agencies in Moscow. Living abroad changed the course of his life and he began freelancing for the news industry.
1999 | He returned to the US, after two years in Istanbul and Moscow and lived there for about 9 more years until 2008.
Explosion of digital publishing
2008 | Everything has its time and his time in the US come to the end in 2008.
2009 | He moved to Switzerland and began working on ideas for using the Internet as a reporting tool for ‘traditional’ media. He created several online publishing platforms during his time in Zurich. His weekly journals published at Cumhuriyet from 2009 to 2013.
2013 | He returned to Istanbul in 2013. Since then he’s been working on editorial content of his own projects.
He is the author of three books:
(2015) Sevgili Istanbul (Dear Istanbul) compiles twenty memories by well-known notable Istanbul figures of the last century. These may be extraordinary people, but their experiences and emotions are recognizable as our own. They recollect their memories about the city which is lost today.
(2001) Amerikan Medyasında 11 Eylül: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks had an important impact on news industry. Television coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and their aftermath was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.S. television. Amerikan Medyasında 11 Eylül is a book about how the US news media reacted to 9/11. The major U.S. broadcast and cable networks were on the air for days with uninterrupted coverage from the moment news first came that the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Millions of shocked television viewers watching live pictures of the World Trade Center saw the second plane hit and both buildings come down. Remzi Gokdag summarized reaction of various networks, mainstream news outlets and internet news websites in the events of 9/11.
(1992) Park Otel Olayi tells a timeline story about a huge construction building which had raised in the middle of Istanbul without legal approval and then stopped by people who wanted to protect their historic city’s environment.
Since 1989, I’ve been in the news industry – both in the field, as a reporter, and behind the scenes, as an editor in chief in local newspaper in Los Angeles. Though layoffs, buyouts and shuttered news organizations have become commonplace, I still feel that this is an astounding time in journalism – a chance to rethink, reshape and rebuild the craft. I’m proud of being a part of the news industry. Online news is without doubt the future of journalism. While the explosion of digital publishing has created challenges for traditional journalists, it also offers exciting opportunities to cover stories more creatively. While the explosion of digital publishing has created challenges for traditional journalists, it also offers exciting opportunities to cover stories more creatively.
Where is home?
Living in another country changes you forever. You will never be the same and will never see things the same way again. This is simply the way it is. I have lived in Moscow, Los Angeles, and Zurich for 15 years. The joy of having spent time in another country is that you slowly become a part of it and bit-by-bit one of its people. Now I ask myself; Where is home? They say home is where the heart is, and while it sounds very cliche, I do have to agree.
Moments of Forever
I ended up in the USA speaking with native Americans in Navajo desert. Spent my 11 years in the land of dreams. On top of Europe, I found a way to walk on highest peaks of Alpine mountains. What I have seen and felt and heard and smelled in each of the places I have lived has made me who I am.