About - Coskun Asar


Coşkun Aşar - Turkey, 1974.

         Coşkun Aşar was born in 1974 in Rize, Turkey, and grew up in Istanbul. In 1999, Aşar recieved a B.A. degree in Communication Faculty of Marmara University in Istanbul focusing on cinema. He started his photo-journalism career in Marmara University Communication Faculty News Agency (Miha). Aşar completed his master’s degree in communication science at Marmara University. For three consecutive years starting in 2002, he participated in the World Press Photo seminars in Turkey. Aşar received a scholarship from the Swedish Institute in 2004 completed master class at Nordens Fotoskola in Sweden. Aşar has also taught photography at Galatasaray University Communication Faculty from 2002 to 2006.

          Coşkun Aşar’s first interest in photography began in 1994. While in university, Aşar began to explore the rich story-telling medium of photography and he developed his approach more personal way. Preferring to tell the stories from his close environments, Aşar focused on stories about socially isolated and excluded people and his personal experience in their life.

                   Aşar has made photo-reportages for local and foreign magazines, newspapers, and agencies, and has shown his work in several group and solo exhibitions around the world. He has published several solo and collective photo books. Aşar was among 20 selected photographers from around the world invited to exhibit work at the Leica Exhibition for the 50th Anniversary of the LEICA M series. Based in Istanbul, Coşkun Aşar continues to work as a free-lance photographer and film maker.

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 Invisible Istanbul, MUSINF-Museo Comunale D’Arte Moderna Senigallia, Italy.

2009 Purgatory, Galery Eskonsept, Istanbul, Turkey.

2008 Children in Darkness, Photo Festival of Bursa, Bursa, Turkey.

2007 Children in Darkness, Istanbul, Turkey         

2007 Children in Darkness, 4.Uludag University Photography Festival, Bursa, Turkey.

2007 Journey to the Spring, Fotografevi, Istanbul, Turkey.

2006 Journey to the Spring, Focusing on the Life of Roma in Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Group Exhibitions:

2017 Future Shock, NOKS Independent Artist Space, Istanbul Art Fair Tüyap.

2016 The Model,  Space Debris, Istanbul.

2013 Marseille Vu Par 100 Photographes du Monde, organized by Atelier de Visu.

2009 Cesuralab Group Exhibition, Milano, Italy.

2008 Leica M series '24X36' – A Change in Perspective, Goethe Institute Sweden.

2007 Il'Altra Istanbul (The Other Face of Istanbul) with Ara Guler, Muse d'ell Ara Pacis, Rome, Italy.

2007 Sulukule, Those Who Remain, Istanbul, Turkey.

2007 National Geographic Turkey Photographs, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

2006 Faunus Project, IFSAK International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey.

2006 Leica M series '24X36' – A Change in Perspective, The Month of Photography Festival in Bavaria-Germany. Leica M series '24X36' – A Change in Perspective, Institut Superieur pour l'Etude du Langage Plastique, Bruxelles.

2004 Leica M series 50-year anniversary exhibition '24X36', Leica Galeries around The World.

2004 World Press Photo Seminars Project Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2001 Living in Slum, IFSAK International Photography Festival, Istanbul, Turkey.

1998 Abandoned Children, Istanbul, Turkey. 1997 Infinite Realities, Istanbul, Turkey.


2017 Blackout, 22x16,5cm, 144 Pages, hard cover photo book, self publishing, printed in Turkey.

2016 Aralık, 15x20cm 84x2 Pages collective artist book, printed and in Turkey.

2007 Il’Altra Istanbul ( The Other Face of Istanbul), collective photo book, four photographers with Ara Guler, 22x24cm 80 Pages soft cover, Published by Gangemi Editore, printed in Italy.

2004 Enviroment, 20x25cm soft cover 132 pages, collective photo book, published by World Press Photo, printed in Netherland.

2004 Gender, 20x25cm soft cover 132 pages, collective photo book, published by World Press Photo, printed in Netherland.

Film and Video Works:

2011-2017 Koudelka Shooting Ruins, ongoing documentary film project.

2010 Film maker for London based artist Natalia Skobeeva's "Memento Mori Project Istanbul art performance". 

2011 Film maker for Istanbul based artist-painter Murat Akagündüz's "Cennet-Cehennem"  video installation project In Galery Arter, Istanbul, Turkey.

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