1936 Istanbul born artist developed great interest in photography beginning his early teens.
In 1980, after a long intermission, he decided to start photography in 1980. Since then, Keribar has never given up his art. He has organized countless photography workshops in Turkey as well as in overseas countries. The artist has been creating one of the most formidable stock images archives in the country. He became an honorary member of IFSAK, the leading photography club, and received AFIAP and EFIAP titles of FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) in 1985 and 1988 respectively. After many years of consecutive slide shows, personal exhibitions, and prizes, his name became well known in Turkey.
In 1991 the French Government gave him a “Chevalier dans l’ordre dees Arts Académique “distinction and same year he was awarded the 2d prize of International Photography Competition of National Geographic and the 1st prize of the Jerusalem Post. In 1993, three new important prizes came from Ballantine’s (2d, 3d and an honourable mention) and the artist won the 1st prize of Fujifilm European Press Awards in 1997. Later in 2000 the photographer was awarded to merit prize from National Geographic and in 2001 Millenium Prize of FUJIFILM Press Awards in Copenhagen. He became the owner of The Grand Artistic prize bestowed by the Ministry of Culture of Turkey in 2012.
His artworks have been published in Turkey’s leading magazines, and also abroad such as Lonely Planet, Altair, National Geographic Traveler, GEO and many others. In 1999 he published his first book “Terra Magica”. His seventh book “The Synagogues of Turkey” is published recently.
Since 1997, Izzet Keribar’s unique occupation has become photography and he is still practicing as a professional photographer. He gives lectures in photography and participates to selection committees in photography competitions. He devotes most his time shooting the country, and still organizes photo trips abroad. Together with his team he is also active on the commercial side of photography. Nowadays he uses mainly his NIKON systems, with digitals cameras such as D850 and D750 with a large array of the best lenses.