Ali Taptık

Architect, Photographer
Ali Taptık was born in 1983, in Istanbul where he continues to live and work. Taptık graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University and is an autodidact photographer. He continued his education in Architecture in ITU with his master's thesis in History of Architecture with a focus on the History of Photography and Representation of the City. He is currently a Phd candidate and an adjuct lecturer at ITU.

Taptık's debut work "Remembering Me" (2000) is a photographic series that combines autobiographical images with urban landscape to recreate a personal history of adolescence.
His second series "Kaza ve Kader" (Accident and Fate) is "about interconnected frames of the experience of accumulated urban realities, it is about the relationships, places, people, emotions and coincidences" as Şenova describes. This series could be considered his initial journey to blurring the lines between the simulacra and the written word, questing for a new hybrid where the images come together to go beyond some didactic document and make a play for prose.

A narrative where the relationship between the intimate and the social is one of the key elements. "Kaza ve Kader" was published by Filigranes Editions, France in November 2009. With "Familiar Strangers", a series about the urban structure and the relationship between the subjects of the city with their environment, Taptik continued on his work on his hometown. "Nothing Surprising" is the second volume in the series of "novels" that started with "Kaza ve Kader". "Nothing Surprising" centers itself around the theme of crisis and resistance in urban context. Along with these projects Taptık's work range also into architectural and analytical analysis of urban narratives as in "on clothing and grooming: Looking at Osmanbey".

Taptık also collaborated with Prof. Dr. Uğur Tanyeli and Bülent Erkmen on the double book "İstanbul'u Resmetmek - Türkiye' nin Görsellik Tarihine Giriş" (Depicting Istanbul - Introduction to History of Visuality in Turkey). He is one of the founding members of Istanbul based Publisher's Collective Bandrolsuz (

His current areas of interest are relationship between literature and visuality (cinematic adaptation of novels and short stories), publishing as artistic production, new methods for diffusion and distribution of creative production.

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