Coşkun Aral embarked upon his career as a professional press photographer in 1974, working for the newspapers Günaydın and Gün in 1976. In the following years, he worked as the Turkish correspondent of SIPA Press in Paris and was several times featured in news magazines such as Time and Newsweek, while also serving as a free-lance photographer for the Turkish News Agency and the newspapers Milliyet and Hürriyet. His interview with the hijackers of an aircraft on October 14, 1980 created a stir in press circles and received awards in both Turkey and abroad.
Since then, Coskun has been working extensively in war zones, covering nearly all the wars and conflicts of the world since 1980, witnessing refugee crisis many times before. Through his photos, Coşkun Aral tries to create an understanding for those in prosperity & peace and to let them gain the lacking empathy.
Aral uses basic steps to maintain an objective and productive dialogue between the subjects and the viewers.
Being an insider and as a photographer of experience, Coskun Aral will be collaborating with Visioncy in the organization of this international exhibition. His knowledge and experience of the past refugee crisis will echo the works of the new generation of photojournalists.
Issa Touma, is a photography artist from Aleppo, Syria.
Just a few months af ter the first outburst of the war in Syria, most of the intellectuals decided to flee. But not Issa. He believes that if a country is deprived from culture and art the inevitable outcome will be death. So as a sign of peaceful resistance he decided to stay in Aleppo, his hometown and work on his many projects. He is the founder and Director of « Le Pont Art Gallery » in Aleppo, and has since 2012, shot videos and photos on what remains of his beloved Aleppo. His photos series on Sufis « The day of Al Ziyara » has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. More recently, his short film, made in the style of a video diary when the war started: « 9 days: From my window in Aleppo » has steered a lot of attention in European Festivals.
Sergey Ponomarev is a war photographer originally from Russia, he grew up in Ireland. He started his career in media in the early 1990’s in Moscow. At that time as he puts it: Freedom of speech and media freedom were not just words, they were real.
He worked for several local Russian Papers before joining the agency Associated Press with whom he worked for 8 years. He is now a freelance photojournalist, who like many in his profession, travels in some of the most dangerous war zones. His work has regularly been featured in the New York Times with searing photos from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria. Recently his work in the Gaza Zone has won him a world Press Photo Award.
Roland Neveu, is a French photographer. His career started in the early seventies when he captured anti Vietnam War protests.
The young Neveu was one of the few western photojournalists who witnessed the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 in Phnom Penh and became famous for the exceptional photos he shot.
For almost two decades he travelled to war zones all over the world to document on the spot for big papers like Time and Newsweek.
Neveu took the first images of Soviet prisoners of Afghanistan’s Mudjahedeen as well as the occupation of Beirut in 1982. His photos captured the blood feuds in El Salvador, the NPA guerrilla war in the Philippines and in 1986 even showed some of the first pictures of AIDS victims in Uganda.
His international reputation as a photojournalist helped him to establish as well in the film industry. He has worked with eminent directors from Hollywood like Oliver Stone, Brian de Palma and Ridley Scott.
In the exhibition he will show some of his first works; because today’s refugee problematic is no exception in history, it’s a DÉJÀ VU.
Rahman Roslan, is based in Kuala Lumpur. The emerging photographer’s major interests are social and humanity photography.
His photo series, portraits and travel documentaries have been published via different agencies world wide in prestigious newspapers like New York Times and Strait Times Singapore.
As one of his long-term projects, he is currently investigating the relationships between Islam and the cultures around South East Asia.
Also DÉJÀ VU’s focus has been before the young photographers lens: Roslan captured the influx of refugees from Myanmar and is now en route along the Syrian boarder in Turkey.
Nilüfer Demir, was born in Turkey. She was working as a photojournalist when in 2015 she began reporting about the European refugee crisis for the Turkish press agency Doğan Haber Ajansı. In September, one of her pictures won sad fame: Demir’s photography of three year old Aylan Kurdi, who died fleeing from Syria, went down in history as a symbolic image for the refugee crisis and unleashed a debate about morals within the media.
Meanwhile, Demir’s photo became street art murals, whereas she continues covering the situation in her hometown Bodrum.
Suthep Kritsanavarin is a photojournalist from Thailand who has chronicled environmental, social, and humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades. His work is based on his firm belief that a photojournalist must act as a conscientious observer of society and culture: he has to contribute to social change on a local and global level. He achieved these goals by working on a project over long durations to build deep understanding on the topic and to establish trust among the communities he works in. As a result, Suthep captures powerful images of personal stories that propel an in-depth documentary, bringing international attention to issues highlighted in his work.
Suthep is among the first photojournalist working on Rohingya story as a long term project. His photo essay on Rohingya has been supported by UNHCR, Open Society Foundation among others. Through this body of work, he built trust among Rohingya communities around Southeast Asia and get access like no others. His work, praised by the international community, helps giving a better understanding on this complex issue.