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Rıza Erdeğirmenci

I was born in Istanbul. After graduating from Galatasaray High School, I moved to France to complete my undergraduate and PhD degrees in Economics. I worked as director in different companies and served as a board member at firms operating in various industries. I also acted as a lecturer in Rennes University and Istanbul University, my researches and articles were published in various magazines and newspapers.

Photography, which I had pursued for many years in parallel to my business career, became my sole profession in 2006. I am the co-founder of The International Festival of Photography “Fotoistanbul,” in which I currently serve as the Executive Director. I have had several personal exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions. I also participate at photography festivals as parts of the juries, as speaker and pursue training activities.


My three photography books "Locanda", "Coincidences" and "Lost Neighborhood" have also been published.

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