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The Leica Gallery Istanbul opens at Bomontiada with Alp Sime’s solo exhibition entitled “Ceratonia”.

Leica carries the traces of history of photography, which it has been shaping since the 19th century, to Bomontiada with Doğuş Group. The Leica Gallery Istanbul, the 15th Leica Gallery on the world, aims at bringing out Turkey’s creative potential in the international art arena.  The Leica Gallery’s program includes internationally reknowned photographers as well as local artists who create challenging work that either have gained international recognition or await discovery. It aims to encourage a deeper understanding of photography to a wider audience extending the Leica tradition and vision in the region.

Founded in 1849 in Germany, Leica’s first camera model was developed by Oskar Barnack in 1914. After Leica started to produce the 35 mm handmade cameras, a brand new era began in the world of photography and the documentation of history. Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the Magnum Photography Agency and a leading street photographer, had emphasized the importance of the brand in the history of photography with the following words: “Leica is the extension of my eye.”

Alp Sime’s exhibition entitled “Ceratonia” includes a series specially created for Leica and a selection from Sime’s past work. The artist’s strong aesthetic language combines with his narration that thins the line between documentary and fiction. Alp Sime tells us about the title of the exhibition:

“The seeds of Ceratonia – called keçiboynuzu (carob) in Turkish, harnup in some regions – each have the same weight, the same wherever and from which tree you pick them up. This quality has made it the unit of carat used for precious stones. Ceratonia reminds me of a fragile balance, a deal and a country which is not very far away.”

Karin Kaufmann, Board Member of Leica Camera and International Director of Leica Gallery, states the following about the show:

“I am very happy with the choice of the sophisticated photography artist Alp Sime for Leica Gallery Istanbul’s inaugural exhibition. Born in 1970, Istanbul, the artist with his enchanting works is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. Sime who works on poetic, impressive themes that are not difficult to interpret, offers a sensitive and personal access to the urban space and its dwellers. As already one of the classics in photography, Sime reminds us of the great possibilities offered by photography: pausing, rediscovering the world and joining in amazement, life’s sometimes absurd richness.”

“Ceratonia” can be seen until December 3rd  2016 at Leica Gallery Istanbul.

LEICA GALLERY ISTANBUL: ALP SİME

Leica Gallery inaugurates its 14th international venue, Leica Gallery Istanbul, with Alp Sime’s photographs.

I am very happy with the choice of the sophisticated photography artist Alp Sime for Leica Gallery Istanbul’s inaugural exhibition.

Born in 1970, Istanbul, the artist with his enchanting works is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in contemporary photography. Sime who works on poetic, impressive themes that are not difficult to interpret, offers a sensitive and personal access to the urban space and its dwellers. Evidently, his choices in approaching the human subject are very different from a classical approach to portraiture. At times he exhibits them only partially, while at other times he positions them in a way that their depth is accessible only to the viewer’s own discovery via subjective perception.

In his choice of themes, Alp Sime always succeeds at making us understand that urban coexistence is only temporary, and he does so by appealing to our personal experience for association. He strongly communicates the feelings of loneliness, being lost and melancholy. The photographer pursues the unfamiliar, yet unseen and coincidental, and often the extraordinary. Unlike most photographers of his generation, he has succeeded at creating an expressive language that distinguishes him from the others, i.e. building his own style. Alp Sime is among the masters of his artistic discipline. His themes combine subjectivity and unanimity while carrying in them the society and its daily joys.

His photographs are not explanatory or documentary; to the contrary, they are silent and introverted. In his images, Sime is not interested in objectivity but in storytelling, interrelatedness and sometimes irony. He is not only able to illustrate what the camera focuses on but also the invisible theme he himself initially discovers and interprets. Moreover, he possesses an extraordinarily subtle talent and intuition when it comes to black and white, as well as for the interplay of light and shadow.

As expected nowadays, in addition to his classic, analog Leica camera, he uses the Leica M Monochrom. With his skillful use of the black and white technique, he is able to direct the gaze towards the perfect composition and generate a strong, abstract impact on the viewer. He is able to effortlessly reveal those details we miss within the flow of daily life. This way he pushes the viewer to appreciate the work by making them take a longer look at the photographs, which, solely by itself, is more than what most of today’s photographs have managed to do. As already one of the classics in photography, Sime reminds us of the great possibilities offered by photography: pausing, rediscovering the world and joining, in amazement, life’s sometimes absurd richness.

I wish success and joy to Leica Gallery Istanbul in promoting and sharing the wonderful possibilities of the impressive world of photography.

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