Today’s Zaman’s sister newspaper, Zaman, the best-selling Turkish-language newspaper with a daily circulation of over 1 million, is continuing its 25th anniversary celebrations with a new exhibition that opened on Friday in Europe’s art capital Vienna.
The name of the exhibition, “Türkiye’de Zaman,” translates as Time in Turkey, as “zaman” is the Turkish word for “time.” It includes photographs taken by some of the world’s greatest photographers, who explored different themes in Turkey at different times and places.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Zaman Editor-in-Chief Ekrem Dumanl? said a quarter century is a significant time period for a newspaper to prove itself as an effective media outlet and in terms of messages it sends. He added that Turkey was photographed through the vision of world’s most renowned 25 photographers in Zaman’s 25th anniversary and that the photos will be exhibited in various cities across Europe. He noted that the next stop of the exhibition will be the European Parliament in Brussels in November.
With the participation of 25 internationally renowned photojournalists, including American artist Steve McCurry, known for his “Afghan Girl” portrait, the “Time in Turkey” project aimed to portray everyday life in Turkey. Each photographer worked mostly on the topic assigned to them, although some continued working on subjects they had previously started on in Turkey.
McCurry worked mostly in Bursa, photographing the sema, a ritual of the whirling dervishes, and American photographer Carolyn Drake worked on football, taking photos of stadiums and training grounds. Italian artist Paolo Pellegrin photographed a traditional K?rkp?nar oil wrestling tournament in Edirne, while Anders Petersen snapped photos of Turkey’s minorities. “Time in Turkey” will be making an appearance in Paris, Brussels, Moscow, New York and other art capitals throughout the world.
The first exhibition was held in ?stanbul’s Taksim Square and in seven other locations in ?stanbul. Later, the exhibition traveled to cities outside ?stanbul and was displayed in Ankara, ?zmir, Adana, Eski?ehir, Antalya and Erzurum.
Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yaz?c?, who opened the exhibition, recalled long-standing relationship between Turkey and Austria, dating back to the 15th century. He congratulated Zaman, which he said is currently being published in 35 countries, in 10 language and in two alphabets, and said the exhibition is important in terms of displaying the level of relations between Turkey and Austria.
Describing Zaman as a respected newspaper for its correct, unbiased and swift reporting, Yaz?c? said Zaman is living up to its committments by using the language of “dialogue and peace” in every sphere of the communication.
French photojournalist Caludine Doury, whose photos were also exhibited in the event, said she was very impressed by Turkey in her first visit, adding that she wanted to be back again in Turkey as soon as possible for another project. Another photographer, Davide Montelone, said it is impressive that their photos are being exhibited in important capitals of Europe. In June, the project made an appearence in London as part of its first stop in Europe.
The project, which goes down in history as the most comprehensive photography project carried out in Turkey on this scale, has been published as a 420-page book titled “Türkiye’de Zaman / Time in Turkey.” Other photographers included in the project were Anders Petersen, Eric Bouvet, Paolo Pellegrin, Nikos Economopoulos, Harry Gruyaert and Guillaume Herbaut.
Chief of Vienna Chamber of Commerce Brigitte Jank said Zaman that is published in Austria “brings us the developments of nearly 3,000 Turkish entreprenuers.” Jank added that it will be possible to get to know Turkey and Turkish people better through photos exhibited in the event.
?stanbul deputy, who is also Turkey-Austria interparliamentary friendship group chairman, Harun Karaca, Head of Austria’s Directorate of Religious Affairs Fuat Sanaç, Yalova deputy Temel Co?kun, Kocaeli deputy Mehmet Ali Okur, Hürriyet daily Ankara representative Metehan Demir, Yeni ?afak daily Ankara representative Abdülkadir Selvi and Vatan daily Ankara representative Bilal Çetin were participants at the opening ceremony.
Following the opening ceremony, participants attended a gala dinner at Austria’s Presidential Palace in Vienna. Austria’s Minister of Social Affairs, Labor and Consumer Protection Rudolf Hundstorfer and Hannes Swoboda, the vice-chairman of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), were among the invitees.