Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç
6 On Photography Education and the Alumni Exhibition
Doç. Yusuf Murat Şen
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University's Department of Photography, founded on July 13th, 1978 as the Institute of Photography, under the auspices of İstanbul Fine Arts Academy, Department of Decorative Arts, celebrated its 30th anniversary, in 2008 at the Pera Museum. The exhibition Owl’s Frames comprised a selection of photographs by 67 graduates.
The Institute of Photography epitomized the institutionalization of photography education in Turkey. Photography clubs had been established prior to the inauguration of the Institute and classes were offered in a number of other institutions; however, the implementation of a four-year undergraduate education in photography was only realized in 1978. In the thirty-year-long period, the Department of Photography had over three hundred graduates. While this exhibition catalogue, as one of the reunion events of the Department’s 30th anniversary celebrations, commemorates the establishment of the institution as well as its alumni, it also shares with viewers the works of its graduates, who have been working professionally for many years in the field of photography. The catalogue also includes an article by Yusuf Murat Şen, an associate professor at the Photography Department of Mimar Sinan University, on photography training and the exhibition.
Date of Publication: 2008
Number of pages: 152