By Laman Ismayilova
Istanbul hosted an exhibition of famous Turkish photographer Mustafa Seven, who presented his photos taken in Baku, Istanbul and Tbilisi.
Speaking about his works and visits to these cities, Seven pointed to many similarities that exist between them, Daily Sabah reported.
"During these trips, I realized that these cities share more similarities than I have ever known. For instance, Istanbul and Baku are quite similar not in terms of urban structure but culturally; we have the same cultural texture. On the other hand, Tbilisi is like a prototype of Istanbul as a city both architecturally and socially. As if when you look at Tbilisi, you see the Istanbul of 30 years ago which we miss and dream of dearly," Seven said.
Meanwhile, Baku surprised the artists with its design as a Western capital despite its Caucasian surroundings.
"I can say this about Baku, its architectural texture is very like a Central European city. That was a surprising thing for me. A lot of my friends have said the same thing, and you constantly ask yourself, 'Is this really Baku?' This shows that a lot of people don't know Baku, and this exhibition is going to present them what it really is", he said.
Entitled "City Stories", the exhibition in "42 Maslak Art! Space" gallery will run until January 31.
Mustafa Seven has been awarded at many national and international photography contests; he took part in numerous exhibitions and festivals, holding a personal exhibition called “Tek” in 2013.
Seven, who has presented his work through various mediums throughout his career, has been using Intagram as an active channel in the recent years. He sees this medium as a personal portfolio space and he is one of the Turkish photographers who has reached the top number of followers.
Mustafa Seven also makes time for educational activities; he holds workshops on street photography and works on projects together with universities and other educational institutions.
Mustafa Seven continues to work as a freelance photojournalist and to produce photographs that communicate the street and document the era he lives in with private national and international projects.