Iranabak photography exhibition at Depo, Istanbul
21 January - 25 February 2012
Opening: 20 January 2012 Friday, 18:30
Depo hosts documentary photographer Özcan Ağaoğlu’s third solo exhibition titled İranabak after his works Tren [Train] and Sokakların Sesi Küba [The Sound of Streets: Cuba]. During a period of four years between 2006 and 2009 Ağaoğlu traveled in many different cities in Iran and took photographs.
With his distinctive point of view, Özcan Ağaoğlu documented the social life of Iran, its religious rituals, the Islamic Republic and its human relations, drug issues, life behind closed doors and finally the presidential elections in 2009. The stories in each frame reveal the aesthetic and universal dimensions of documentary photography while the surrealist dimension of photography is manifested in the reflection photographs taken with skill. The photographs of both the surprises in the social life of Iran and those related to drugs issues and the elections indicate the intense experience of producing this project. Another important aspect of the exhibition is that the photographs were printed by Ağaoğlu himself in his own dark room.
The famous National Geographic photographer Reza Deghati, who wrote the afterword for the book İranabak has said: “It’s been years since such a precise, exhaustive, meticulous and extraordinary point of view has aroused my interest and preoccupied my mind. Each one of the photographs not only depicts an exact picture of society, but also a portrait of superior technical qualities.” In his article about İranabak, Doğan Hızlan has described the work with the following sentence: “After seeing the photographs and reading the texts in the book, I reached the conclusion that we don’t know our neighbor well enough.”
The book İranabak was produced with the support of Anadolu Kültür, designed by Joelle İmamoğlu and published by Masa Publications.
DEPO’s Address: Tütün Deposu Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No.12 Tophane 34425 İstanbul