– Izmir project 2015 –

– Lesvos project 2016 –

– Szigetköz project 2108/2019 –


– Izmir project 2015 –

Izmir: A Legacy for tomorrow / Turkey / 2015


Izmir – a metropolitan city in the western extremity of Anatolia, in Aegean Region and the third most populous city in Turkey after Istanbul and Ankara. According to the last population census, Izmir had a population of 2.847.691, while Izmir Province had a total of 4.113.072. The city of Izmir grouped together initially nine, and more recently eleven, metropolitan districts: Balçova, Bayrakli, Bornova, Buca, Cigli, Gaziemir, Güzelbahçe, Karabaglar, Karsiyaka, Konak, Narlidere and many interesting quarters: Alsancak, Basmane, Kadifekale etc…



Izmir: A Legacy for Tomorrowexhibition-project document today’s Izmir from the perspectives of 18 artists photographers and will become a legacy and a commiseration of the history of Izmir for future generations

The photography exhibition-project “Izmir: A Legacy for Tomorrow” aims to document and leave behind for generations to come the present of Izmir through the lenses of photography artists from Turkey and abroad.

As a legacy to future generations, Izmir in 2015 has been immortalized in its present state from the perspective of camera lenses in shots taken by 18 artists. The photographers from their individual perspectives reflected the beautiful sights from Izmir in their pictures as locales to be seen and remembered.

Cities, as centers of living together, are also entrusted to us from the previous generation and which we will entrust to the next generation, in addition to their function of being living spaces. Physical, social and cultural changes that cities experience over time in different historical periods, the traditional texture, the newly developed identity are most importantly found in city photographs. Taking this as a starting point, the exhibition was prepared in collaboration between Arkas Art Center and IFOD (Izmir Art of Photography Association) to pass on the Izmir of 2015.

The focus was the specifics of Izmir that distinguished it from other cities, adding value to the city. The architecture of the city, its nature, people, business and residential districts, which give clues to the social and cultural life of the city, have all been immortalized through a selection of photographs made over a year. The artists used their lenses to show the memorable beauties of the various districts and neighborhoods of the city, Basmane, Bergama, Bornova, Karsiyaka, Kordon, Ödemis, Selçuk, Urla, using the universal language of photography.

18 artists from 10 countries:

Argentina – Nicolás M. J. Berlingieri, Spain – Gabriel Brau Gelabert, Italy – Virgilio Bardossi, Valter Bernardeschi, Giulio Veggi, Mario Cioni, Canada – François Nadeau, Hungary – István Kerekes, Pakistan – Muhammad Jahangir Khan, Poland – Wojtek Laski, Thailand – Dow Wasiksiri, Turkey – Atilla Özdemir, Beyhan Özdemir, Murat Germen, Nilgün Özdemir, Selim Bonfil, Yusuf Tuvi, Ukraine – Alexander Kharvat

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Arkas Sanat Merkezi / Arkas Art Center – 2015.10.26 – Izmir / Turkey

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the Izmir Project was sponsored by ARKAS Holding

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 – Lesvos project 2016 –

Portraits in natural light / Lesvos island / Greece / 2016


In June 2016, Istvan Kerekes held a photography workshop/project in Lesvos island, titled “Portrait Using Natural Light” which was attended by members of FEM.(Mytiline, Lesvos, Greece)

During this workshop/project he enthusiastically, efficiently and effectively shared his knowledge with the attendees. On the first day we worked with two models in a controlled situation. On the second day we went on a field trip to Agiasos were he showed us how to interact with the people in their environment and how to set up a scene using whatever props were available. On the third day he walked us though the post imaging processing process. From the beginning to the end of the workshop it was obvious he wanted to share his knowledge with us to the best of his ability. 

He, for instance, illustrated how to pay attention to every single minute detail as these details affect the over all image/message the photographer will wish to transmit to the viewer. Istvan indicated, in his opinion, how to best place the portrait subjects in various poses like how to angle their head, arms and body to create a more powerful image.

In each case after the instructional phase had been completed Istvan would then move on to to asking us apply what he had taught us. Here, he once more showed his teaching ability because he very effectively praised, and when needed, corrected what we were doing, thus ensuring that we moved past the purely theoretical stage to the application stage. 

On the final day of the workshop, we were asked to bring 3-4 photographs where Istvan took us through, step by clear step, how he works on photographs to bring them to their full potential. We were very very  impressed by how using, for instance, just a few doge and burn strokes he was able to transformed a simple image into a truly astounding one. Being dedicated to helping us improve our post processing skills he worked on all these photographs pointing out (where applicable) how each could have been shot more effectively and then proceeding to work on them in photoshop.

We as a group were very impressed with his dedication to teaching showing and helping us apply what he so effectively was teaching. We look forward to working with him again. 

Istvan, THANK YOU!

Stratos Tsoulleis

(President of FEM)

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… in the search of the mermaids … in the land of myths and legends …

 Lesvos island in Greek is located in the northeastern Aegean Sea

according to myth and legend – “the women on the island of Lesvos were so beautiful that the men could not resist them” –

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– Szigetköz project 2108/2019 –

Szigetközi impressziók / Hungary / 2018-2019

Szigetköz is the largest island of Hungary. The name “szigetköz” means island alley, because the territory is located on an island. The Szigetköz is located between the old Danube-arm with its branches, and the Mosoni Danube-arm. It is 52.5 km long and 6–8 km wide on average. It can be divided into two parts: the Upper and Lower Szigetköz.



Book presentation with dr. Nagy István minister of agriculture, Horváth Imre (president of MAFOSZ) and Vitéz Vilmos public educator / Cselley-Ház / Mosonmagyaróvár / Western Hungary / 2019 december 7