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Zeynel Yeşilay was born in Şanlıurfa in 1950. He graduated in French Language and Literature from the Foreign Languages Department of Ankara Gazi University. His passion for photography began with the "Kodak" box camera he bought while still at Middle School, and which he still keeps with his archives. In 1970, he joined the Ministry of Tourism and Information. In this Ministry, were he worked until 1982, he gained the opportunity to travel through Turkey a number of times. He explored every region of Turkey with the French art photographers Roland and Sabrina Michaud and benefited from learning their techniques of photography and opinions about this art. In 1978, his photograph of the İshak Paşa Palace in Doğubayazıt was published by the Ministry in the form of a poster. His photographs have been used in many books and publications in Turkey and abroad. In 1975, as part of his job, he went to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and the photographs he took there were used in this country's first posters and brochures. In 1981, Zeynel Yeşilay took the photographs for the film "ATATワRK", which for the first time in Turkey was realised as a joint Turkish, Belgian and French co-production. He has won prizes coming within the top ten in a number of national competitions he has entered. This art photographer has also held a number of mixed theme and portrait exhibitions. During the time when he worked for the Promotion Foundation of Turkey (TワTAV) a lot of his photographs were published in the monthly "Image of Turkey" magazine, for which he acted as its photographic consultant. He also made multivision programmes. Working together with respected researchers and experts at the Anatolian Vernacular Arts Research Center (AVARC) which was set up with the Turkish handicrafts expert Gran Erbek as its president, Zeynel Yeşilay has produced many photographs, multivision presentations, exhibitions and publications. He has also worked with Turkey's leading photographers such as Sami Gner and Sıtkı Fırat. Zeynel Yeşilay began to work in the Prime Ministry in 1993. He served as Prime Minister Blent Ecevit private secretary. Now he is still working in Turkish Embassy of the Turkish Rebublic of North Cyprus. This artist who is married with poet and songwriter Ilter Yesilay, he has one son and he is a drummer his name is Volkan who is 20 years old


Şanlıurfa'da 1950 yılında doğdu. Ankara Gazi ワniversitesi Yabancı Diller, Fransız Dili ve Edebiyatı Blm'nden mezun oldu. Fotoğraf tutkusu ortaokul dneminde satın aldığı ve halen arşivinde sakladığı "Kodak" kutu makine ile başladı. 1970 yılında Turizm ve Tanıtma Bakanlığı'na girdi. 1982 yılına kadar 軋lıştığı Bakanlıkta, Trkiye'yi birka kez dolaşma imkanı buldu. Fransız fotoğraf sanatıları Roland ve Sabrina Michaud ile Anadolu'nun her yresini dolaştı. Onların fotoğraf 軻kim tekniği ve grşlerinden yararlandı. 1978 yılında Doğubayazıt, İshak Paşa Sarayı fotoğrafı, Bakanlık tarafından afiş olarak basıldı. Fotoğrafları yurti輅 ve yurtdışında pek 輟k kitap ve yayında kullanıldı. KKTC'ye 1975 yılında grevli olarak gitti ve orada 軻ktiği fotoğraflar bu lkenin ilk afiş ve broşrlerinde kullanıldı. Trkiye'de ilk defa 1981 yılında Trk, Fransız ve Bel輅ka ortak yapımı olarak ger軻kleştirilen "ATATワRK" filminin fotoğraflarını 軻kti. Yurt i輅nde yapılan 軻şitli yarışmalarda 10'un zerinde dl kazandı. Karma ve kişisel sergiler a軋n sanatının, Trk Tanıtma Vakfı'nda (TワTAV) 軋lıştığı dnemde, fotoğraf danışmanlığını da yaptığı aylık "Image of Turkey" dergisinde pek 輟k fotoğrafı yayınlandı. Multivizyon programları yaptı. Trk El Sanatları Uzmanı Gran Erbek'in başkanlığında oluşturulan (AVARC) Anadolu El Sanatları Araştırma Merkezi'nde değerli araştırmacılar ve uzmanlar ile 軋lışarak, pek 輟k fotoğraf 軻kimi, multivizyon, sergi ve yayın ger軻kleştirdi. Sami Gner ve Sıtkı Fırat gibi Trkiye'nin nde gelen fotoğraf ustaları ile 軋lıştı. 1993 奏e beri Başbakanlığa ge軻n Zeynel Yeşilay, Başbakan Sayın Blent Ecevit'in ヨzel Kalem Mdr olarak grev yaptı. KKTC T.C. Lefkoşa Byke輅liğinde Uzman Mşavir olarak halen grev yapmaktadır. Şair, şarkı sz yazarı İlter Yeşilay ile evli olan sanatının, Baterist olan Volkan isimli bir oğlu vardır.

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Anatolia has been a cradle of civilisation and culture at every stage of the enchanting adventure of mankind's existence. In the struggle between mankind and nature, Anatolia has been the scene of man's attempts sometimes to understand what is happening at the periphery and sometimes to dominate it, his revolts and rebellions, and his love and acceptance of the irresistable power of nature, at every stage of his existence. The Palaeolithic Age, which began around 600,000 BC when man learnt to make sparks by striking pieces of flint together, has left its signature as wall paintings in the caves of Karain in Antalya, while the paintings nearby Beldibi caves are from the Mesolithic Age. From the Neolithic Age, through the Chalcolithic Age to the Old Bronze Age, metals, foods, weaving and ceramics were added during the procession of development in all aspects of hunting and life. The settlements at Hacılar, ヌatalhyk, Tilkitepe, Canhasan, Alişar and Alacahyk are at the head of this procession. During the Bronze Age, man came to feel that his limited living space constricted his existence and spirit. With the undying melodies of Anatolia, new dreams were added to the love of the hammer and anvil as metals were being fashioned, the four wheeled cart's longing for the road and the sound of the potter's wheel. The melodies of Anatolia, which were gathered up and carried in by the wind, were first blended together at Troy, the most importants centre of the "city state". After that, they were heard and felt at Demircihyk (Eskişehir), Karataş, Kusura, Tarsus, Karaoğlan, Alişar, Aslantepe, Norşuntepe, Keban, Pulur, İkiztepe and Kşgerbaba. At around 1950 BC, during the age of the Assyrian Trade Colonies, written history began as did trade and cultural exchange between the Assyrians and the city states founded by the Late Hattis in Anatolia. The first civilisations in Anatolia The first political union in Anatolia was established in the second millennium BC by the Hittites with its capital in Boğazky (Hattutaş). With their gold craftwork, pots with bull reliefs, earthenware objects, seals, weapons and sun discs, the knowledge and information that had been received to that point and the art and ergonomics in the spirit of their artwork, which was distilled from their minds and hearts were like flowers opening in different clumps. After Hittite sovereignty, many principalities, kingdoms, mini-states and empires were established in the history of Anatolian civilisations: the Late Hittites; the Mittani; the Urartians, who were advanced in Eastern Anatolia in architecture and metalwork; the Phrygians with their legendary King Midas, whose centre was in Gordion; the Troy of Trojan-horse fame, the Ionians; who had Homer's Illiad and the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Lydians; the Carians; the Lycians; the Persians; the Hellenistic civilisation, which built the great altar in the Acropolis at Pergamon and produced Alexander the Great; the Roman civilisation, with its cities of Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Perge and Side; and the Byzantines, with the Hagia Sophia domed Basilica of Emperor Justinian. Anatolia is a bridge across time to the present from the mysterious depths of the past to the civilisations. As well as the priceless artefacts in the covered museums, it bears silent withess in all places, which have the quality of an open air museum. Anatolian Turkish Civilisations In the cultural mosaic of Anatolia's 600.000 years of history, the Turks reached the doors of Anatolia at the Battle of Malazgirt in 1071 to add in their own turquoise colour. By 1299, the Seljuks added their mind and the feelings of their hearts to every stone of the bridges, roads, caravansarays, palaces and mosques they built, and gave a new identity to the landscape and to the country's culture. They produced the Gk Medrese (theological school) and the ヌifte Minare Camii (mosque with two minarets) in Sivas, the Ulu Camii (mosque) in Malatya, and the Alaeddin Camii (mosque), Karatay Medresesi (theological school) and caravansarays of Konya, as well as statesmen such as Alaeddin Keykubat and thinkers such as Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Yunus Emre and Hacı Bektaş Veli. After the Seljuks, Anatolia was enriched by the priceless historical works or art of the Germiyanoğulları, the Aydınoğulları, the İnan輟ğulları, the Suruhanoğulları, the Karasioğulları, the Hamidoğulları, the Eşrefoğulları, the Candaroğulları and the Teke Beyliği (principality). The Ottoman Empire In 1299, the Ottoman Empire was established in Anatolia under the administration of Osman Bey of the Turkish Oymak Beyleri. This empire with its power, discipline, justice, its accumulation of culture, and its service of humanity, governed Anatolia for a long period of time that lasted 600 years. With the conquest of İstanbul in 1453 and the destruction by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror of the Byzantine State, which had been the cultural and political inheritor of the Eastern Roman Empire, the 'New Age' was ushered in. The widening territory of this country was adorned at every corner for the generations to follow with monuments and works of art, which were a sign of the accumulation of power and culture. The thousands of these great works include the Selimiye Camii mosque in Edirne, İstanbul's buildings such as the Sleymaniye Camii and Sultan Ahmet Camii mosques, the Rumeli Hisarı and Anadolu Hisarı castles, and the Topkapı, Beylerbeyi and Dolmabah軻 imperial palaces, Bursa's Padişah trbeleri shrines of holy men and other Turkish monuments miles away from Anatolia. The Ottomans also produced great statesmen, and rulers such as the padishahs Yavuz Sultan Selim and Kanuni Sultan Sleyman, great masters such as the architect, Mimar Sinan, caligraphy, Turkish court music, the Mehter military bands, ceramics and rare and precious handicraft. The Period of the Turkish Republic The most valuable thing that nature has taught man during his phase of becoming human is undoubtedly the philosophy that "everything is born, grows and dies". This is true even of the states like the Ottoman Empire. Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatrk, the colours of red and white were added to the turquoise blue of the Ottomans in the cultural mosaic of Anatolia, which had been of such a type as to cause wars that started and ended epochs. The grandchildren of the great state, from the highest to the lowest, from ヌanakkale to Erzurum, have proved to the world what a great nation they are. The date of 29th October 1923, was set for the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The area of Central Anatolia, from which many years ago the Hittites founded their capital rose to become the greatest state of their time, also raised up another small town, which Mustafa Kemal chose to be the capital. He gave it in faith to the Turkish nation, which has made Anatolia into its own homeland, which from time immemorial to the present has given birth in pain to civilisations and nurtured states in its arms. To bring this new state to the level of contemporary civilisations, Atatrk created a secular, democratic, youthful, dynamic and modern Turkey by instituting reforms in every domain, from the administration to the alphabet, from industry to clothing. In this book, Atatrk's Turkey has been photographed at the contemporary level it has reached today in its own distinctive way of life, culture, folklore and natural riches. The Turkey of our times is a country whose values are directed towards the horizon of the 21st century, with Atatrk's motto, "PEACE AT HOME; PEACE IN THE WORLD", with the importance that it gives to international friendship and peace, with the Mausoleum it has constructed for its Great Father, with the bridges that join Asia to Europe, with its dams, with its universities, with its developments in industry and tourism, with its natural richnesses, and with its people who are aware that most importantly of all they own this and are mindful of the 600,000 years of history.


All over the world, in every place, a person's country is full of poetic images. Yet, not just because I am Turkish, but because I am a photographer who photographs Turkey, I consider that my country truly deserves to be described as "an endless poem". I have gathered together evidence through my lens to help you to agree with what I believe. In this book, you will see framed shots of a lot of places from north to south and east to west of the Turkish Republic, which occupies the Anatolian peninsular, one of the centres of the old world. Through these frames, you will trace the civilisations that have lived on Anatolian soil, the changing beauty of nature and the seasons, Turkish people's way of life and their cultural values... in short, Turkey. You will observe Turkey, which is geographically both European and Asian, which is culturally both Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, but most importantly of all, which is one of the countries of the modern world that is developing. Your attention will be attracted by the number of historical centres and objects shown in my photographs. Yet, I would like you to know that the photographs you see here make up only a very limited selection of Turkey's historical value. As a photographer, I must declare my inadequacy in photographing and presenting you with images of the historical centres and monuments, which in this country are numbered in their thousands. All in all, since the palaeolithic age, 29 different civilisations have held sway in this land, including the main ones, the Hittites, the Phrygians, the Urartians, the Hellenistic peoples, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Seljuks and the Ottomans. In my photographs, I have also tried to reflect not only the historical sites, but also the Turkey that is alive today. Some of those who are interested will already know that Turkey, with its population today of almost 70 million, is the world's 16th largest economic power, a candidate for membership of the European Union, and one of the leading developing countries. In my work, in which I have attempted to record Turkey's contemporary level of development with an artistic eye, I have considered its life mostly in terms of the nature and the quality of human relations found there. For this reason, the photographs that reflect daily life consist mainly of scenes of country life in a way that portrays Turkey's ethnographic characteristics. The most important characteristic of the contemporary Republic of Turkey is its secular nature, which its founder, Ataturk, established as a principle of its state structure. This principle, which reduces the influence of religious rules on the workings of the state, forms the basis of the religious tolerance and freedom of belief in the Turkish Republic of today. The Republic of Turkey has guaranteed that its citizens of different faiths and sects can live and practise their beliefs in freedom, just as was witnessed in its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire. Furthermore, the land of Turkey, which once found itself in the middle of the ancient world, contains centres that are accepted as holy by all the monotheistic religions. In my work, I have gathered these centres together under one heading. Without question, trying to include all of these many centres in this work was my biggest difficulty. I believe that my photographs will give people a little information, an image, of Turkey. However, what is more important is the fact that whoever sees these photographs, whether native or foreign, will feel a desire to visit the places in Turkey where these photographs were taken. Therefore, if I have been do this, I will have done my duty as an artist of showing people the way forward. I hope that you will see Turkey, which for 365 days of the year has unequalled opportunities of tourist activity to offer, whether it is cultural aims or recreational pursuits that are being sought. And I wish you the happiness I have experienced in taking these photographs that I now present to you. Finally, I wish to add that taking a photograph in Turkey is akin to being in the position of a honey bee in a field of flowers: it does not know which flower to land on. In Turkey, you, like the bee, will want to keep flying and tasting every flower. But to be sure, which ever flower you land on, the taste you receive will be unique.
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