Ali Taptık was born in Istanbul in 1983. He studied Architecture and graduated from Istanbul Technical University. He studied photography by himself and continued his master’s degree on documentary photography in Nordens Fotoskola, Sweden. His first project, combining dairy pictures with Istanbul’s urbanscapes to recreate a personal history “remembering me”, was shown in many cities around Europe, Asia and Turkey. His second series “Kaza ve Kader” (Accident and Fate) was about interconnected frames of the experience of accumulated urban realities. It is about the relationships, places, people, emotions and coincidences. “Kaza ve Kader” was shown in Istanbul, Ghent, Ljubljana, Malmö and Marseille. His latest project “Familiar Stranger” was about the urban structure and the relationship of the subjects of the city with their environment. He has had many solo exhibitions and participated in lots of group exhibitions in Turkey and European countries. He shot three films such as “uman(ma)ma” (2001), “Sıfır-Sıfır” (2007) and “Naz” (2008). He won the best experimental film prize in the Istanbul Short Film Festival in 2002. Currently Taptık lives and works in Istanbul.
Reference: alitaptik.com, artxist.com