Haluk Çobanoğlu 1
Haluk Çobanoğlu 2
Haluk Çobanoğlu
Statement: Arabesque
For Turkey arabesque means more than just being a musical genre. At this stage we concur with philosopher Adorno who says "every music style represents the conflicts and tensions of the society in general". To peruse the subject form this angle, assuming music to be an uncensurable sonorous historical heritage of land, of a country, this photographical documentary project has been attempt after the arabesque music for ten years, looking for the lost, and the lasting, and the changed.
Throughout the study the most significant phenomenon we have been faced with is that, the mostly imported ready made answers, which are on circulation since 70's, a string of socio economic and cultural analysis are not enough to explain the "issues of the country". People from the different classes on the land we live in obviously don't have distinct cultural tastes and preferences. Arabesque music from the very start has been on air from minibusses to the most expensive surroundings as the "common" choice for every classes. Today to understand the stage of chaotic experiences one's path inevitably crosses "the identity problem". The confusion of identity crisis in the country is the social fault line.
His documentary work named “Bird Fanciers” was published in 1997 as a calendar and in 1999 as a card album.
As of 2002, Çobanoğlu produced photo-interviews for National Geographic Turkey and National Geographic Greece, and he served as the editor of photography for National Geographic Turkey in 2003.
In September 2003, his documentary photography album “New York Subway” was published.
In 2007, his decade-long documentary project “Arabesk” was exhibited in Fotografevi in Istanbul and was also published as a book by Fotografevi.
Between 2007-2011, he provided photography for “Canakkale Martyrs”, “Istanbul: The History of A City” and “Sinan”, all of whom were published by Türkiye İş Bankası Culture Publishing.