US Embassy Sponsors Photo Exhibit To Commemorate 9/11
Ankara, September 12, 2006
Acting US Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel Sreebny opened the US Embassy- sponsored photo exhibition “Manhattan: The Magic of Glass and Steel” at the Turkish American Association (TAA) today. The US Embassy organized the exhibit to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of 9/11.
The photo exhibit features 44 photographs of Manhattan, New York City taken by Hakan Yurdadogan between 2001 and 2005. The focus of the exhibit is the unique and diverse architecture of the city. According to Yurdadogan, “ it is hard to describe the magic of Manhattan with words. I tried to capture the magic, the colors and the excitement of this extra ordinary city on my digital camera. As an architect and artist, my perception of my environment may be different than other people. This exhibit is an attempt to freeze the magic of my Manhattan on photos and share it with others. In New York, everyone finds a piece of themselves there, no matter which country they come from. The only thing you can’t find today is the legendary towers of the World Trade Center. ”
In his remarks at the opening, Mr. Sreebny added, “Hakan Yurdadogan’s photographs remind us that September 11 did not destroy Manhattan. Rather, the attacks brought the city, the nation and the international community together in a common cause against terrorism. In New York, the victims of 9/11 were citizens of over 90 countries, including Turkey, and Turkey has certainly known its share of terrorism. As we recall the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we also join with the Turkish people in a solemn and sustained partnership to confront and defeat the terrorists.”
Mr. Yurdadogan was born in Ankara. He completed a masters degree in Architecture at ODTU. He later studied art in Venice. He has been actively pursuing photography since 1974.
The exhibit is open to the public daily and will run until September 22. For further questions, please contact Serra Erdamar at TAA.