Event: A seminar: ‘From Dark Room to Daylight’

Moderator: Tony Ventura Speakers: Ahmet Elhan, Mehmet Kısmet

Venue: Açık Diyalog Istanbul

Address: Valikonağı Cad. Ece Apt. 106/1, Teşvikiye, Istanbul

Date: 2 May Tuesday, 2017

Open Dialogue Istanbul continues its seminar series with ‘From Dark Room to Daylight’. Photographers Mehmet Kısmet and Ahmet Elhan will be talking about the printing techniques and history of photography, collector Tony Ventura will be the moderator. The seminar is a continuation of ‘’The Black and White of Passion’ which had been realized on March 25, 2017 at Open Dialogue Istanbul.

Mehmet Kısmet, who was one of the founding members of the FOG photography group, had started to take pictures in the primary school years and had set up his first dark room for the black and white photo prints when he was only 12 years old. He has realized many documentaries and exhibitions. Kısmet founded the Istanbul Photo Center in 2003, aiming to spread the concept of museum quality photo printing. He will talk about the general aesthetics and technical differences of the four different types of printing techniques that he realizes in his studio. These techniques are Silver Gelatin print, Platinum / Palladium print, Kallitype, Photogravure print.

Ahmet Elhan, a photographer, with majors in graphic design and cinema-TV will be our other guest. In his works, Elhan studies the ontology of photography in the framework of the perception structure of the spectator, time and space. In his works, drawing parallels between social codes, general social perception and power relations. As an artist, Ahmet Elhan will 12 Photography by Kayhan Kaygusuz be talking about which printing techniques, materials and interventions.

Tony Ventura who lives between Geneva and Istanbul, is a collector that specializes in photography. He collects black and white photographs. His research in this respect continues.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at Open Dialogue Istanbul. Photography – printing techniques and its history will be examined in the different printing technical examples by Ahmet Elhan and Mehmet Kısmet.