All posts tagged: issa touma

Wow. Simply Wow. Photographers, Aleppo International Photography Festival Continues + Needs Your Work

My friend and curator Issa Touma is continuing with his Aleppo International Photography Festival despite the civil war. There are no materials to mount a proper festival so all works will be projected. No location or date announced, only December 2014. Photographers, please submit your work to:

2012 A Year of Transition

2012 was luckily not like 2011, a year that goes down with 1789, 1848, 1917, 1989 as a year of revolution.  By contrast, 2012 was a year of transition in most every respect.  Global technologies, movements, ideas, and politics are all in flux; only the economies of the world remain sluggish, with some notable exceptions.  Turkey is one of these exceptions.  By 2023, the centennial of the modern secular Turkish Republic, the currently ruling Justice and Development Party, AK Party according to its Turkish acronym, hopes that Turkey will be counted among the top 10 economies in the world. (A great BBC Global Business report on what could go wrong is well worth a listen.) After finishing my Fulbright grant in Azerbaijan, photographing Azerbaijani Women, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the Eurovision Song Contest, I moved to Istanbul in September to freelance here in Turkey and the region. I joined the VII Mentor Program where I am working with Ron Haviv on improving my craft for the duration of two years. In this time, I …

CNN + PDN Cover the “Symbolic Opening[s]” of the Aleppo International Photo Festival in War Torn City

Photographer holds festival of hope amid Aleppo fighting By Catriona Davies, CNN October 5, 2012 — Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT) (CNN) — These pictures were taken within one week of each other in the center of Aleppo and show the incredible resilience of some of its residents in the face of Syria’s bloody civil war. Photographer Issa Touma’s home in the historic area of Aleppo has been badly damaged by gunfire. Yet, amid the crossfire between opposition and government forces, Touma is still organizing the international photography festival he holds every year. Touma, who owns a gallery in Aleppo, has been running the exhibition for 11 years and was determined that the show would continue despite fighting reaching the center of the city on August 19. The festival was due to open on September 15. […]   Aleppo Photo Festival Holds “Symbolic Opening” in War Zone PDN by Holly Hughes September 21, 2012 On September 15, the day the 11th annual Aleppo International Photo Festival was scheduled to open in the war-torn city of …