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Pari Dukovic July 27, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.

Edirne, Turkey 2010

Pari Dukovic‘s (b.1984, Turkey) first connection to photography was through his father who gave him his first camera when he was about nine and later the work of Turkish photographer Ara Guler. In 2002 Pari moved to the United States to complete his undergraduate studies. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology he moved he New York City where he started developing several bodies of work and focusing his photographic style. His work has been published in Cent Magazine, Lee Jeans and has been exhibited at The Woodstock Center of Photography (NY) and Revel Scalo d’Isola Gallery, Milan. In March 2011, he was named one of the PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers.

About the Photograph:

This photograph was taken during the Kirkpinar oil wrestling festival in Edirne, Turkey. Kirkpinar is the oldest sporting competition in the world and a fascinating subculture. It is a tradition with a 650 year past. Wrestlers train for this festival for a whole year and their dream is to finally attain the Gold Belt. To the participants it is not just a sport but a way of life: discipline and dedication. In this image, the wrestlers are waiting in the cage area watching the matches taking place on the grass. I have been working on this project, all shot on film, since June 2010. By using my camera as a way of capturing their energy and freedom I, in turn, am able to capture my own.”