Izzet Keribar was born in Istanbul – Turkey, in 1936. Since his early teens, he developed
a great interest toward photography, and while in the military service, as an
officer in the Turkish Armed Forces in Korea, he became the official photographer of
the Turkish Unit.
In 1980, after a long intermission, he decided to start again photography . Since then he
never stopped, organized countless photo trips inside and outside Turkey, thus creating
one of the most formidable stock images archive in the country.
He became a Honorary member of Ifsak, the leading Photoclub, and received both
A.Fiap and E.Fiap distinctions in 1985 and 1988. After many years of consecutive
slide shows, personal exhibitions, and prizes , his name became well known in Turkey.
Later, in 1991 the French Government gave him a “ Chevalier dans l’ordre dees Arts Académique “ distinction, and during the same year he won the 2d prize of National Geographic Traveler magazine contest, first prize of the Jerusalem Post, among thousands of participants. In 1993, three new important prizes came from Ballantine’s ( 2d, 3d and a honorable mention ) in 1997 he won the Fujifilm European Press awards 1stprize, in 2000 a merit prize from National Geographic, and in 2001 the FUJIFILM Press awards Millenium prize in Copenhagen. Izzet Keribar is also the owner of one of the most prestigious prises.. The Grand Artistic prize bestowed by the Ministry of Culture in 2012.
During the last 10 years, his work was published in Turkey’s leading magazines, such as Atlas, Skylife , and abroad, in Lonely Planet guides , Altair , National Geographic Traveler, GEO, and many others. In 1999 he published his first book “ Terra Magica” in which a collection of his best work can be seen. At this moment, his new book, “ The Synagogues of Turkey” has been published , it is his seventh book. After that 5 more books have been published , the latest being “ a Story of Bursa “ sponsored by the Bursa Municipality
Since 1997, Izzet Keribar’s only occupation has become photography, which he now practices as a professional freelancer. He has formed a team which helps him in assignments. He teaches photography and photoshop in various organizations and is asked to participate in selection committees in photography competitions quite often.. He devotes most his time shooting the Turkey panorama, but still organizes trips abroad, and with his team he takes shooting assignments such as, factories, hotels,museums, holiday villages, interior decoration, collections etc. Nowadays he uses mainly his NIKON systems, with digitals cameras such as D850 and D750 with a large array of the best lenses.