NİLAY İŞLEK (FOUNDER/ PHOTOGRAPHER/ LECTURER)
Nilay Islek was born in Izmir, Turkey. She completed her elementary and high school education in this city. Photography became her interest in her high school years. In 1999, she entered Dokuz Eylül University Fine Art Faculty and graduated with the thesis “Sensual Projections” in 2003. She completed her Master Degree in the same faculty with her thesis “Visual Culture and Social Memory in the Context of Digital Photography Aesthetics” in 2009.
Islek started to perform Advertising Photography in 1995 during her education. While she moved up in the career ladder, she became a sought instructor and gave lectures in several schools and associations such as Izmir Fen High School and Izmir Association of Photography Art (IFOD). Universiade 2005 Izmir Summer Plays was her first important international event as a member of editorial board. After that, she has participated to several international events and projects. Her newest project is Izmir- Bremen Photography Artist Residance Program “Elsewhere” between 2017-2018. In the mean time, Nilay Islek started her own atelier, Artlens Visual Culture and Photography, which is a continuous education center in the field of photography for eight years now.In 2016, Nilay Islek is chosen for the international title of Fujifilm “X-Photographer” as the first woman photographer from Turkey. She’s been given Basic Photography Courses Fujifilm Education Centre in Izmir as the official instructor of Fujifilm. She worked as a lecturer in Izmir Economy University between 2015-2018. On the other hand, her academic career is going on at Ege University Faculty of Communication, Radio, Television and Cinema PhD program. She lives and continues her life of art in London.
SUAT EROĞLU (CINEMATOGRAPHER/ DIRECTOR/ LECTURER)
Suat Eroğlu was born in 1986 in Ankara. He entered to Dokuz Eylul University Fine Art Faculty in 2010. His cinema career has started with his first film “Sinemasal”, which is about a cinematographer’s story moved from France to the Ottoman Empire, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Turkish Cinema. The director, who has been also a child worker himself, pointed out the child worker problem with his second film “Disposition”, which won The Best Film, Director and Script Awards. His newest film “The Nested Game” is a decent black comedy which is filmed in one location and used plenty of political metaphors in it. The director Eroğlu, who has been filming short films since 10 years and living in London for 2 years, is still writing articles on cinema, performing advertisement and fashion shootings and giving lectures on cinematography as well.