The Turkish-Dutch photographer Ahmet Polat (37) is the face of Dutch photography as the 2015 ambassador of Dutch photography (‘Photographer of the Fatherland’). With Polat, the organisation of the national Photo Week wants to highlight fashion photography and street photography.
Recurring themes in his work include ‘tensions between the individual and the collective’, and the influence of the past on the present, in which man is always central. For the national Photo Week Polat has made a photo series titled ‘Look! My street’ (to be seen in September in Fotodok, Utrecht).
Polat grew up in Brabant, but for the past years he lived in Istanbul. This year he returned to the Netherlands. His work has been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Paris Match, Vogue and Vice.
This summer Polat is also working on a special photography project in Noordwijk. He will photograph 25 culture bearers in Noordwijk against a backdrop of sand, sea, dunes and skies. The first part of the project was presented on 5 July in Galerie B aan Cee in Noordwijk.
Galerie B aan C Kunst & Design