"The photo book 'Everbody's Atatürk' by Mine DAL shows a visual journey through contemporary Turkish everyday life. The photographer, who lives in Switzerland and was born in Istanbul, traveled through large parts of Turkey for this long-term project, capturing the multifaceted presence of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881-1938), the founder of the republic. The result is a multifaceted portrait of Turkish society. The symbolic figure of Atatürk is still encountered today in almost all areas of social life: at the tailor's, the butcher's or the greengrocer's, in the restaurant or at school, at the hairdresser's and in the shoe store, one encounters Atatürk almost everywhere in public space. Even more than 80 years after the death of the founder of the state, his veneration is still widespread and alive. Atatürk had driven Turkey's modernization along Western lines and fundamentally redefined the country with far-reaching social, legal and economic reforms.
In 'Everybody's Atatürk's' Mine DAL follows the ubiquity of this historical figure. Her photographs show not only 'everybody's Atatürk', but at the same time everyday life in Anatolian villages, big cities, mountain and coastal regions. This wide-ranging and carefully crafted documentation with unique visual material also reflects the people's insistence on a Turkey that is open to the world and open-minded." (© Edition Patrick Frey, 2021)
The photo volume 'Everybody's Atatürk' by Mine DAL is shortlisted for the Les Rencontres D'Arles Photobook Award. The complex material - 364 color images on 652 pages - of the bilingual (English-Turkish) photo book 'Everybody's Atatürk' was tamed by the design studio BONBON. Foreword and afterword are written by Altan Öymen and Zülfü Livaneli.
About the Turkish photographer, Mine DAL
Photo books by Mine DAL