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Tahir Özgür


He resumes his passion for photography as: “If I can stop tears of a mother with my photography, if one child laughs, if a father smiles, if I can stop one leaf to fall, if my photography makes only one person to think that it explains his story, it means that I have started to change the world.”

Journalist & Art Photographer Özgür was born in 1964 in Antakya /Turkey ; in the city of cultural mosaics of different religions and ethnic groups.
Journalism was his dream job and has worked as columnist, editor and executive director in various prestigious media groups of the country for more than 30 years. Formerly photography was a side work to complete his journalism, however lately it became his passion of life.
Since then, he has been taking photographs of people and their stories with the aim of changing the world.
He was awarded several times in the national and international competitions which he was honored with gold medal five times.

The artist created a photography story with his project ” Last Nomads of Turkey, Sarikecililer – Migration to Tomorrowless ” and the project was awarded the second best prize in National Geographic International Photography Competition in 2008. He was entitled to Excellence FIAP (EFIAP) of (Fédération de Internationale deI’Art Photographique )  in 2010.

In International Photography Competition of Hahnemuhle,dedicated to 425th year, his photograph “the mountain villages of Black Sea” was accepted to the collection of Hahnemuhle in 2011 and  presented in exhibitions such as Photokina in 12 countries. Same year Özgür won Grand Prize in International Photography Awards of HIPA which was dedicated to Ansel Adams.

In 2012, his project “Mineworkers/ Altitude -750” exhibited in Ruhr museum and 7 artworks of the project were published in the museum catalog. Same year the artist was honored with gold medal of FIAP and  he won Photography Cup dedicated to Sami Güner, one of the masters of art photography in Turkey who used his camera to witness social movements.
The photographer became successful 5 times in the marathon of Golden Camera and was awarded golden camera in 2015; the most meaningful prize of his life with his own words.
The artist had 32 personal exhibitions in several countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, UAE, USA, China, Canada, and Turkey. His works took place in biennials and collective exhibitions.

Ozgur still makes photo-interviews for newspapers and magazines and organizes photo workshops/trips to several countries such as Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Nepal, Iran and Turkey.
He lives in Amsterdam..