Koray Erkaya


A photographer with a vast range and extensive international experience, İstanbul-based Koray Erkaya began his professional career nearly two decades ago.  He has worked both as a photographer and director for still and film shooting, from the highly commercial to the avant-garde, from architecture and couture fashion, to fast-paced location based productions.


He has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Photography (1989). He was awarded the Kristal Elma Prize for Best Advertising Photography (1996) and the same year he was selected as the official Camel Trophy photographer for five years. In 2004 he was chosen by the Archive Magazine as one of the Best 200 Advertising Photographers. A year later he has founded Dijipost, an ultra-sophisticated lab offering the highest level of photo, film and video retouching, manipulation, special effects and illustration in the region.


He directed and produced a fashion lifestyle programme, entitled, ‘Sihirli Eller’ on TV in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded by Medicat Mag for the Best Advertising Photograph ‘Swim Uğur, Who is Going to Catch You’ linked to a Paralympics games campaign. His second solo exhibition called ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ was displayed in İstanbul, Paris (Galeri Kiron, 2011) and Russia (Lenin Art Centre). Erkaya, then, was invited to ‘Festival European de la Photo de Nu’ with regards to the achievements about the same photo series. His last solo exhibition ‘Self-Touches’ was held in Piramid Sanat, İstanbul.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 TooLess, Eye-D Karakoy, İstanbul, Turkey

2016  Marchat M1886 Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

2016    Hub Artkolik Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey

2014 Self-Touches, Piramid Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey

2010 Don’t Tell Mama, The Hall in Istanbul, Turkey

2011 Don’t Tell Mama, 2011 at Kiron Gallery in Paris, France

1997 Outer Limits, Naval Museum Art Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey

Group Exhibitions

2019 Context Art Miami, Gama Gallery, Miami, USA

2019 The Body Laguage, Liquid Art Festival, Venice, Italy

2018 Raw Pop Up / Miami Art Week at Derin Tutku, Miami, USA

2018    Art Summer Artgalerim Barbaros Reserve Bodrum, Turkey

2017 Foto Fever Art Fair, Gama Gallery Paris, France

2011-2019 Contemporary Art Istanbul Piramid Sanat, İstanbul, Turkey


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