I was born in New York of Turkish parents, studied English in college
and minored in Fine Art. I received a Masters in Fine Arts from Columbia
University in Creative Writing, and worked in publishing, in childrenís
books and at The Paris Review. One of my odd jobs as a photographerís
assistant was photographing before and after shots of plastic surgery
patients, an experience I hope to turn into a novel, but photography
has been keeping me busy for the past few years, during which time Iíve
been exhibiting my photocollages based on toys.
continued with my interest in photography off and on while pursuing
my writing. After receiving my Masters I went to get a degree in Commercial
Photography from the Center for Media arts. It was a very intense, more
of a vocational program, that in six months gave you a taste of all
aspects of commercial photography, from shooting on location, in the
studio, working in the darkroom, and even running an E6 chemistry line.
It gave me a good foundation for still life skills that I use in my
work today. I went on to study cibachrome printing at the International
Center of Photography, where I developed my own technique of collage
and photomontage, sandwiching two or three transparencies or negatives
together in the printing, then cutting up and re-arranging the resulting
print, re-photographing and often sandwiching yet again in the darkroom--a
slow, somewhat painstaking, process. I have moved on to to explore the
digital means to achieve similar effects.