Zeynel yesilayName: Zeynel yesilay
Country: Turkey
Intro: ZEYNEL YEŞİLAY

ZEYNEL YEŞİLAY

Zeynel was born in 1950 in Şanlıurfa Turkey. He graduated from the department of French Language and Literature at Gazi University in Ankara. His passion for photography started during his secondary school years when his father gave him a Kodak box camera which he still possesses. He started working at the Turkish Republic Tourism and Information Ministry in 1970, where he worked until 1982, and at this time he had the opportunity to tour Turkey extensively. He traveled widely in Anatolia in the company of foreign professional photographers and film makers, benefiting from their expertise and guidance. His photo of the İshak Paşa Palace in Doğubetazıt was printed as a poster by the Ministry in 1978, and his photographs have been used in many books and prints in Turkey and abroad. He was posted to Cyprus in 1976, and the photos he took there with photographer Olgun Özer were used in the posters and brochures of North Cyprus.

During the time he worked for (TUTAV) Turkish Information Organisation a great many of Zeynel’s photos were featured in the magazine “Image of Turkey,” where he was the photographic adviser, and where he made multivision programmes. He has held joint and sole exhibitions, received more than twenty prizes at international and national competitions, and has won many awards. He has worked at the Anatolia Handcraft Centre, presided over by Guran Erbek, where he worked with very valuable researchers and experts, took photos of Turkish Handcrafts and organised exhibitions and publications. He has worked with the best photographers in Turkey, Sami Güner, Sıtkı Fırat, Ozan Sağdıç, Haydar Volkan, and Mustafa Türktılmaz.

Zeynel Yeşilay, who started working at the Turkish Republic Prime Ministry in 1993, became the secretary and chief advisor of the deputy Prime Ministers Necmettin Cevheri, Nahit Menteşe, Tansu Çiller and Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit.

His book “Turkey, An Endless Poem,” which comprises of photos he took in Turkey, was printed and published in December 2000 by the Culture and Tourism Ministry. He was promoted to Expert Advisor at the Turkish Republic Embassy in Nicosia. He made great efforts to develop the two fields he was responsible for - tourism and further education - and helped to improve their infrastructure. He held an exhibition of photos called “Turkey, An Endless Poem” which comprised of 160 photos. He also made multivision shows at the same exhibition. He has shown those multivision shows in the various universities of the island. He has been all around North Cyprus, which is highly photogenic, and has taken nearly 10.000 photos. His admiration of the natural environment is reflected in his photos.

Many of Zeynel’s pictures have been used as front covers of “Tourism Monthly,” the tourism publication of the Hotel Owners Union KITOB, and his writings about historical and touristic matters in Cyprus have been published in this magazine. He has taken part in the survey of villages and nature by the Photography Union. He has taken part in exhibitions organized by FODER (Photography Union). He held a small exhibition called North Cyprus, an Endless Poem, on the 23rd Anniversary of the foundation of the TRNC organized by the TRNC Embassy in Ankara. His six photos were exhibited at an exhibition which took place both in north and south Cyprus where American and Cypriot photographers worked together. Zeynel the artist is married to the poet and song writer İlter Yeşilay, and they have a son called Mesut Volkan who is a web-designer and musician.

ZEYNEL YEŞİLAY

1950 Yılında Şanlıurfa’da (Türkiye) doğdu. Ankara Gazi Üniversitesi Yabancı Diller, Fransız Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü'nden mezun oldu. Fotoğraf tutkusu, ortaokul döneminde babasının satın aldığı ve halen arşivinde sakladığı "Kodak" kutu makine ile başladı. 1970 yılında T.C. Turizm ve Tanıtma Bakanlığı'na girdi. 1982 yılına kadar çalıştığı Bakanlıkta, Türkiye'yi birkaç kez dolaşma imkanı buldu. Pek çok yabancı profesyonel fotografçı ve film yapımcısıyla Anadolu'nun her yöresini dolaştı. Onların fotoğraf ve film çekim tekniği ve görüşlerinden yararlandı. 1978 yılında Doğubayazıt’taki , İshak Paşa Sarayı fotoğrafı, Bakanlık tarafından afiş olarak basıldı. Fotoğrafları Türkiye’de ve yurtdışında pek çok kitap ve yayında kullanıldı. 1976 yılında Kuzey Kıbrıs' a görevli olarak gitti ve orada, Fotoğraf Sanatçısı Olgun Özer ile birlikte çektiği fotoğrafları Kuzey Kıbrıs’ın afiş ve broşürlerinde kullanıldı.

Türk Tanıtma Vakfı'nda (TÜTAV) çalıştığı dönemde, fotoğraf danışmanlığını da yaptığı aylık "Image of Turkey" dergisinde pek çok eseri yayınlandı, multivizyon programları yaptı. Karma ve kişisel sergiler açan sanatçının,yurt içi ve dışında katıldığı yarışmalarda yirmi adetin üzerinde ödülü ve bir çok plaketi vardır. Türk El Sanatları Uzmanı Güran Erbek'in başkanlığında oluşturulan Anadolu El Sanatları Araştırma Merkezi'nde (AVARC) değerli araştırmacılar ve uzmanlar ile çalışarak, Türk El Sanatlarının fotoğraflarını çekerek, multivizyon, sergi ve yayınlar gerçekleştirdi. Sami Güner, Sıtkı Fırat, Ozan Sağdıç, Haydar Volkan, Mustafa Türkyılmaz gibi Türkiye'nin önde gelen fotoğraf ustaları ile çalıştı. 1993 ‘te Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Başbakanlığına geçen Zeynel Yeşilay, sırasıyla Başbakan Yardımcıları, Necmettin Cevheri, Nahit Menteşe, Tansu Çiller ve Başbakan Bülent Ecevit'e Özel Kalem Müdürü ve Başdanışman olarak görev yaptı.

Sanatçının Türkiye‘de çekmiş olduğu fotoğraflarından oluşan “Sonsuz Bir Şiir Türkiye” isimli kitabı 2000 Yılı Aralık ayında Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı tarafından yayınlandı.

2002 Yılının Kasım ayında, T.C. Lefkoşa Büyükelçiliğine Uzman Müşavir olarak atandı. Kuzey Kıbrıs’ın en önemli sektörlerinden, “Turizm” ile “Yüksek Öğretim”’inden sorumlu müşavir olarak, bu iki alanda altyapı çalışmaları ve üniversitelerin geliştirilmesi için yoğun çaba gösterdi. Kuzey kıbrıs’ta, 2003 yılı Kasım ayında Türkiye kitabının fotoğraflarından oluşan “Sonsuz Bir Şiir Türkiye” adlı fotoğraf sergisini, 2005 yılında KKTC’in 22. Kuruluş Yıldönümde 160 fotoğraftan oluşan “Sonsuz Bir Şiir Kuzey Kıbrıs” isimli sergisini açtı, aynı isimli mültivizyon programıyla da seyirciyle buluştu. Adanın çeşitli Üniversitelerinde sergi ve mültivizyon gösterilerini sundu. Büyük bir fotoğrafik değer taşıyan Kuzey Kıbrıs’ı karış karış dolaşarak yaklaşık yüz bin fotoğraf çekti. Doğaya olan hayranlığı çektiği fotoğraflarına da yansıdı.

Otelciler Birliği “KİTOB”’un bir turizm yayını olan “Tourism Monthly” dergisinde bir çok fotoğrafı kapak olarak kullanıldı ve Kıbrıs’ın tarihi ve turistik yönlerini içeren yazıları yayınlandı. Fotoğraf Derneği “FODER”’ in düzenlediği doğa, köy inceleme gezilerine katılarak Kıbrıslı Fotoğraf Sanatçılarıyla birlikte çekimler yaptı. FODER’in düzenlediği sergilere katıldı. 23. Kuruluş Yıldönümünde, Ankara’da KKTC Büyükelçiliğinin düzenlediği resepsiyonda, Sonsuz Bir Şiir Kuzey Kıbrıs Mültivizyonunun gösterimini yaparak küçük bir sergi açtı. Amerikalı ve Kıbrıslı fotoğrafçıların Güney ve Kuzey Kıbrıs’ta açtıkları ortaklaşa sergide altı fotoğrafı yer aldı.

Şair, şarkı sözü yazarı İlter Yeşilay ile evli olan sanatçının, iletişim tasarımcısı ve müzisyen olan Mesut Volkan isimli bir oğlu vardır.


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TURKEY AN ENDLESS POEM

Anatolia has been a cradle of civilisation and culture at every stage of the enchanting adventure of mankind's existence. In the struggle between mankind and nature, Anatolia has been the scene of man's attempts sometimes to understand what is happening at the periphery and sometimes to dominate it, his revolts and rebellions, and his love and acceptance of the irresistable power of nature, at every stage of his existence. The Palaeolithic Age, which began around 600,000 BC when man learnt to make sparks by striking pieces of flint together, has left its signature as wall paintings in the caves of Karain in Antalya, while the paintings nearby Beldibi caves are from the Mesolithic Age. From the Neolithic Age, through the Chalcolithic Age to the Old Bronze Age, metals, foods, weaving and ceramics were added during the procession of development in all aspects of hunting and life. The settlements at Hacılar, Çatalhöyük, Tilkitepe, Canhasan, Alişar and Alacahöyük are at the head of this procession. During the Bronze Age, man came to feel that his limited living space constricted his existence and spirit. With the undying melodies of Anatolia, new dreams were added to the love of the hammer and anvil as metals were being fashioned, the four wheeled cart's longing for the road and the sound of the potter's wheel. The melodies of Anatolia, which were gathered up and carried in by the wind, were first blended together at Troy, the most importants centre of the "city state". After that, they were heard and felt at Demircihöyük (Eskişehir), Karataş, Kusura, Tarsus, Karaoğlan, Alişar, Aslantepe, Norşuntepe, Keban, Pulur, İkiztepe and Köşgerbaba. At around 1950 BC, during the age of the Assyrian Trade Colonies, written history began as did trade and cultural exchange between the Assyrians and the city states founded by the Late Hattis in Anatolia. The first civilisations in Anatolia The first political union in Anatolia was established in the second millennium BC by the Hittites with its capital in Boğazköy (Hattutaş). With their gold craftwork, pots with bull reliefs, earthenware objects, seals, weapons and sun discs, the knowledge and information that had been received to that point and the art and ergonomics in the spirit of their artwork, which was distilled from their minds and hearts were like flowers opening in different clumps. After Hittite sovereignty, many principalities, kingdoms, mini-states and empires were established in the history of Anatolian civilisations: the Late Hittites; the Mittani; the Urartians, who were advanced in Eastern Anatolia in architecture and metalwork; the Phrygians with their legendary King Midas, whose centre was in Gordion; the Troy of Trojan-horse fame, the Ionians; who had Homer's Illiad and the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Lydians; the Carians; the Lycians; the Persians; the Hellenistic civilisation, which built the great altar in the Acropolis at Pergamon and produced Alexander the Great; the Roman civilisation, with its cities of Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Perge and Side; and the Byzantines, with the Hagia Sophia domed Basilica of Emperor Justinian. Anatolia is a bridge across time to the present from the mysterious depths of the past to the civilisations. As well as the priceless artefacts in the covered museums, it bears silent withess in all places, which have the quality of an open air museum. Anatolian Turkish Civilisations In the cultural mosaic of Anatolia's 600.000 years of history, the Turks reached the doors of Anatolia at the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071 to add in their own turquoise colour. By 1299, the Seljuks added their mind and the feelings of their hearts to every stone of the bridges, roads, caravansarays, palaces and mosques they built, and gave a new identity to the landscape and to the country's culture. They produced the Gök Medrese (theological school) and the Çifte Minare Camii (mosque with two minarets) in Sivas, the Ulu Camii (mosque) in Malatya, and the Alaeddin Camii (mosque), Karatay Medresesi (theological school) and caravansarays of Konya, as well as statesmen such as Alaeddin Keykubat and thinkers such as Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Yunus Emre and Hacı Bektaş Veli. After the Seljuks, Anatolia was enriched by the priceless historical works or art of the Germiyanoğulları, the Aydınoğulları, the İnançoğulları, the Suruhanoğulları, the Karasioğulları, the Hamidoğulları, the Eşrefoğulları, the Candaroğulları and the Teke Beyliği (principality). The Ottoman Empire In 1299, the Ottoman Empire was established in Anatolia under the administration of Osman Bey of the Turkish Oymak Beyleri. This empire with its power, discipline, justice, its accumulation of culture, and its service of humanity, governed Anatolia for a long period of time that lasted 600 years. With the conquest of İstanbul in 1453 and the destruction by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror of the Byzantine State, which had been the cultural and political inheritor of the Eastern Roman Empire, the 'New Age' was ushered in. The widening territory of this country was adorned at every corner for the generations to follow with monuments and works of art, which were a sign of the accumulation of power and culture. The thousands of these great works include the Selimiye Camii mosque in Edirne, İstanbul's buildings such as the Süleymaniye Camii and Sultan Ahmet Camii mosques, the Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı castles, and the Topkapı, Beylerbeyi and Dolmabahçe imperial palaces, Bursa's Padişah türbeleri shrines of holy men and other Turkish monuments miles away from Anatolia. The Ottomans also produced great statesmen, and rulers such as the padishahs Yavuz Sultan Selim and Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, great masters such as the architect, Mimar Sinan, caligraphy, Turkish court music, the Mehter military bands, ceramics and rare and precious handicraft. The Period of the Turkish Republic The most valuable thing that nature has taught man during his phase of becoming human is undoubtedly the philosophy that "everything is born, grows and dies". This is true even of the states like the Ottoman Empire. Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the colours of red and white were added to the turquoise blue of the Ottomans in the cultural mosaic of Anatolia, which had been of such a type as to cause wars that started and ended epochs. The grandchildren of the great state, from the highest to the lowest, from Çanakkale to Erzurum, have proved to the world what a great nation they are. The date of 29th October 1923, was set for the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The area of Central Anatolia, from which many years ago the Hittites founded their capital rose to become the greatest state of their time, also raised up another small town, which Mustafa Kemal chose to be the capital. He gave it in faith to the Turkish nation, which has made Anatolia into its own homeland, which from time immemorial to the present has given birth in pain to civilisations and nurtured states in its arms. To bring this new state to the level of contemporary civilisations, Atatürk created a secular, democratic, youthful, dynamic and modern Turkey by instituting reforms in every domain, from the administration to the alphabet, from industry to clothing. In this book, Atatürk's Turkey has been photographed at the contemporary level it has reached today in its own distinctive way of life, culture, folklore and natural riches. The Turkey of our times is a country whose values are directed towards the horizon of the 21st century, with Atatürk's motto, "PEACE AT HOME; PEACE IN THE WORLD", with the importance that it gives to international friendship and peace, with the Mausoleum it has constructed for its Great Father, with the bridges that join Asia to Europe, with its dams, with its universities, with its developments in industry and tourism, with its natural richnesses, and with its people who are aware that most importantly of all they own this and are mindful of the 600,000 years of history.


40 YEARS OF FOLLOWING THE LIGHT...

All over the world, in every place, a person's country is full of poetic images. Yet, not just because I am Turkish, but because I am a photographer who photographs Turkey, I consider that my country truly deserves to be described as "an endless poem". I have gathered together evidence through my lens to help you to agree with what I believe. In this book, you will see framed shots of a lot of places from north to south and east to west of the Turkish Republic, which occupies the Anatolian peninsular, one of the centres of the old world. Through these frames, you will trace the civilisations that have lived on Anatolian soil, the changing beauty of nature and the seasons, Turkish people's way of life and their cultural values... in short, Turkey. You will observe Turkey, which is geographically both European and Asian, which is culturally both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, but most importantly of all, which is one of the countries of the modern world that is developing. Your attention will be attracted by the number of historical centres and objects shown in my photographs. Yet, I would like you to know that the photographs you see here make up only a very limited selection of Turkey's historical value. As a photographer, I must declare my inadequacy in photographing and presenting you with images of the historical centres and monuments, which in this country are numbered in their thousands. All in all, since the palaeolithic age, 29 different civilisations have held sway in this land, including the main ones, the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Urartians, the Hellenistic peoples, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuks and the Ottomans. In my photographs, I have also tried to reflect not only the historical sites, but also the Turkey that is alive today. Some of those who are interested will already know that Turkey, with its population today of almost 70 million, is the world's 16th largest economic power, a candidate for membership of the European Union, and one of the leading developing countries. In my work, in which I have attempted to record Turkey's contemporary level of development with an artistic eye, I have considered its life mostly in terms of the nature and the quality of human relations found there. For this reason, the photographs that reflect daily life consist mainly of scenes of country life in a way that portrays Turkey's ethnographic characteristics. The most important characteristic of the contemporary Republic of Turkey is its secular nature, which its founder, Ataturk, established as a principle of its state structure. This principle, which reduces the influence of religious rules on the workings of the state, forms the basis of the religious tolerance and freedom of belief in the Turkish Republic of today. The Republic of Turkey has guaranteed that its citizens of different faiths and sects can live and practise their beliefs in freedom, just as was witnessed in its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, the land of Turkey, which once found itself in the middle of the ancient world, contains centres that are accepted as holy by all the monotheistic religions. In my work, I have gathered these centres together under one heading. Without question, trying to include all of these many centres in this work was my biggest difficulty. I believe that my photographs will give people a little information, an image, of Turkey. However, what is more important is the fact that whoever sees these photographs, whether native or foreign, will feel a desire to visit the places in Turkey where these photographs were taken. Therefore, if I have been do this, I will have done my duty as an artist of showing people the way forward. I hope that you will see Turkey, which for 365 days of the year has unequalled opportunities of tourist activity to offer, whether it is cultural aims or recreational pursuits that are being sought. And I wish you the happiness I have experienced in taking these photographs that I now present to you. Finally, I wish to add that taking a photograph in Turkey is akin to being in the position of a honey bee in a field of flowers: it does not know which flower to land on. In Turkey, you, like the bee, will want to keep flying and tasting every flower. But to be sure, which ever flower you land on, the taste you receive will be unique.
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