All posts tagged: yale university

Etem Erol, 1955-2016

The last message I had from Etem hoca was just a few days before he passed away. I had a night layover in Istanbul on my way to Odessa for two months and I asked if he wanted to join some friends for dinner, so naturally I invited Etem, as I had not been back to the city I called home for two years in over a year. He wrote to say he regretted he could not make it that he was leaving early that same morning for Bulgaria with his brother. It was in Bulgaria, I came to learn just a few nights ago from a classmate and fellow student in his Elementary Turkish I class so many years ago, that he had a heart attack and died in his brother’s arms. He was so young, 60, and with so much life and so much still to give. I write this with tears streaming down my face and it’s been more than a day now since I heard this really excruciatingly painful news. It …

2013 Poynter Fellowship at Yale University

A few months back, I was notified that I was named the recipient of a Poynter Fellowship at Yale University to give a talk this fall on my work photographing “Protests, Pipelines + Women” in Turkey and Azerbaijan at Yale University. I will be joined by economics professor Tolga Koker. The talk is sponsored by the University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. The date is now set for October 1, 2013 at 4pm in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, Yale University. The talk is free and open to the public. More information is available on the Yale University website. Yale Daily News article, “Photojournalist Discusses Travels, Gender“.

Kate Levant at Zach Feuer Gallery

My very old and dear friend Kate Levant, whose work has been featured in New York Magazine and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has an opening April 1 at the Zach Feuer Gallery in Gallery 2. In addition to being one of my oldest friends, she is an amazing talent with a deep and pensive soul, truly: Kate Levant This is Laced In Gallery 2, Zach Feuer will present This is Laced by Kate Levant. The installation consists of collages made from cut up drawings, photographs and plastic that are cross-stitched into construction paper and fabric to create a ricocheting network of aspects that reflect off and weave into other aspects. The images and information in each collage are coded or camouflaged due to the patterns and weaves. In some works, plastic shields portions of the collages and in others, parts are stitched inside brown paper bags completely hidden from view. In many, Levant is “dissecting photographs of old sculptures I’ve made and reconfiguring them with the camouflage, like they’re diagrams of weird …