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Celebrating the 81st Anniversary of the Turkish Republic in  New York

Sakir ECZACIBASI: Radical Departures
Photography Exhibition

"Eczacibasi . . . is a master of visual alchemy. Each photograph is an oneiric venture with infinite possibilities of transmutation. It goes beyond shape, contour, pattern, and symmetry to create a sensuous, self-renewing mystical experience."     
--Talât Sait HALMAN

Opening Reception of the exhibition: On Wednesday, November 3, 2004*
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

* A Presentation by: Prof. Edward Foster on "Sakir Eczacibasi: Radical Departures" exhibition.*
* A Mini Guitar Concert by: Emre

Exhibition Dates: October 28 to November 10, 2004
Exhibition Hours: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Also the exhibition will be open:
On Sunday, October 31, 2004 from 2 to 7:00 PM.

Hosts of the exhibition: The Hon. Omer ONHON, The Consul General of the Republic of Turkey &
Mr. Levent DEMIREL, Attache of the Turkish Culture & Tourism Office.

Place: 821 United Nations Plaza
2nd Floor, Turkish House
NYC, NY, 10017 (corner of the 46th Street and First Avenue)
Organization: Incorporation with Light Millennium & New York Turkish & Tourism Information Office;
Co-organizers: Prof. Edward Foster & Bircan Ünver

Sakir Eczacibasi is among the premier photographers of his generation. His acute attention to color and motion distinguishes his work from modernist predecessors. Their concern with formal, static properties was superceded in the second half of the twentieth century by a search for ways to indicate the transitoriness of all things. In this, Eczacibasi's work must be included among the few which both succeed and delight.

Eczacibasi's photographs involve radical departures from such modernist tendencies as the "straight" photography advocated by Paul Strand and Edward Steichen, the photojournalism of artists such as Dorothea Lange, and the realist mode of Edward Weston, among others. Eczacibasi's work often presents a perpetual swirl of gorgeous color. His celebrated photographs of windows and doors are radically  different from the architectural studies of earlier photographers. In place of their obsession with geometric form, one finds an almost  delirious pleasure in vibrant color, contrast, and emotionally charged texture. Eczacibasi's work suggests the influence of the Impressionists, but the greater influence may be film and a desire to convey its fluidity in the "static" medium of photography.

Sakir Eczacibasi was born in Izmir in 1929. Educated at Robert College and the University of Landon, he became a journalist in the 1950s. In 1955 he began working for Eczacibasi Group, becoming Chairman of its Executive Committee in the 1980s and Chairman of the Board in 1993.

Among his many other accomplishments, Eczacibasi has translated and published volumes of works by George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde. Eczacibasi is also the Chairman of the Board of the Istanbul Kültür Sanat Vakfi (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts), an organization which sponsors festivals of film, theater, classical music, jazz, and art and which, during his tenure on the board, has returned Istanbul to the position it held for centuries under Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule -- namely, as one of the world's foremost centers for the arts.

The exhibit offers a forty-year retrospective of the photographer's work from the early 1960s to the present, including numerous images of neighborhoods, buildings, and individuals in Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Ankara, and other cities and towns. The photographs demonstrate Eczacibasi's clear eye for daily life in Turkey together with portrait studies of such well known Turkish figures as the artist Avni Arbas and the writer Yasar Kemal.

Sakir Eczacibasi: Radical Departure" titled photography exhibition will also exhibited during the 25th Convention of ATAA between December 10-12, 2004 in DC.

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About Prof. Edward FOSTER

Formerly the poetry editor of MultiCultural Review, Edward Foster is the founding editor of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Talisman House, Publishers, and Jensen/Daniels, Publishers. A professor of English and American literature at Stevens, he is a former visiting professor at Drew University Graduate Faculty and Beykent University (Istanbul) and was a Fulbright lecturer at Haceteppe University in Ankara, Turkey, and at the University of Istanbul. The co-director of the Russian/American Cultural Exchange Program, he has been the recipient of various grants and awards from Columbia University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the USIA arts program, the New Jersey Historical Commission, Choice, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Fulbright Commision, the Greve Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry. He is a widely published essayist and poet, and his poetry has been translated into, and published in, many languages. For further information:, see the Directory of American Scholars, Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series, The Writers Directory, The International Writers and Authors Who's Who, and Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series.
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The Light Millennium is a public benefit organization, and was incorporated on July 17, 2001 with tax exempt status #501 ( c ) (3) based in New York. For more information about the Light Millennium: http://www.lightmillennium.org

Contact for the exhibition Co-Producers:
Prof. Edward Foster & Bircan Ünver
E-mail: contact@lightmillennium.org or
Tel: 1-347-251-3442 or/

* Opening reception date has changed from November 2 to November 3.

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A Poetic Presentation with Slides and Music
Prof. Talat HALMAN Turkey's first Minister of Culture


Defne HALMAN, Actress

Introduction by
Clifford JACOBS

Date: November 18, 2004
821 United Nations Plaza
2nci Kat; Türk Evi
NYC, NY, 10017
(At the corner of the 46th Street and First Avenue)

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