Emine Gozde Sevim (b. 1985) graduated from Bard College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography, Sociology and International Relations.
During her college years, she studied old and new photographic methods and theory with pioneers in the field, including Gilles Peress, Stephen Shore, An-My Lê, John Pilson and Barbara Ess.
As a result of her developing interest in the convergence between film/video and photography, she began experimenting with multimedia storytelling in 2007. Her first photo-roman piece was exhibited as part of a group exhibition “Stage Sight” in the Opera House of Hudson, in upstate New York the same year. For her thesis exhibition in 2008, Sevim created a multimedia film entitled “In Search of Audra Prokofiev”, which screened along side of a photography exhibition with the same title at Bard College’s Woods Gallery.
Following graduation, Sevim was invited to work with various photographers of the Magnum Photos Agency in New York. Between 2008 and 2012, she assisted Gilles Peress on numerous projects in field research, book productions, and exhibitions, and Susan Meiselas on multimedia storytelling assignments for international venues. In 2010, in the role of project manager/associate producer and cinematographer, Sevim joined Marco Bischof, Swiss filmmaker and director of the Werner Bischof Estate, for MAGNUMTIME project of the Magnum Foundation, to develop a non-linear interactive oral history platform about photographic traditions.
Alongside projects with pioneers in the field, since 2007, Sevim embarked on creating “alternative” visual narratives in the context of post-9/11 era in examination of the individual's place amidst historic shifts for which she photographed in Afghanistan, in Israel and the West Bank, in Egypt and in Turkey .
Sevim’s works have been included in numerous exhibitions and publications and won numerous awards and grants internationally . She is the author of “Embed in Egypt”, published by Kehrer Verlag (DE) in 2015, which was a finalist for the coveted MACK’s First Book Award in London (2014) and as a result added to the National Media Museum Collection in Bradford, U.K. She is the first, and to date the only photographer of Turkish origin to become the grantee of the Magnum Foundation Fund (formerly known as the Emergency Fund) and was also named as one of the 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch by Photo District News in 2016.
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