Photographer Emine Gozde Sevim, Class of ’04, has been named a 2015 grantee of the Mangnum Foundation Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund “sustains the coverage of critical global issues through its support of independent photojournalists and an innovative approach to engaging communities around these issues.” Gozde was one of 11 photographers worldwide to be awarded the honor. The honor comes quick on the heels of being named one of the winners of the 2014 Conscientious Portfolio Competition. In a January 26th interview printed in Conscientious Photography Magazine Gozde spoke of her photographic beginnings:
“I was born in Istanbul, Turkey and came to the U.S. for high school in 2001. I went to a small boarding school called Verde Valley School in Sedona, AZ and that’s where I began taking pictures. I was on scholarship and didn’t have the funds to take the photography course, which had extra costs for paper, film, chemicals, etc. at that time.
But there was a special program called “Project Period,” where during two weeks students could focus on learning new skills. One of the courses was on large format photography, usually open to students who had previous photography experience. But the teacher, my first photography teacher, Jeff Perkins, who became my advisor after this course, let me in the course. That’s when I was first introduced to taking pictures and darkroom processing.
After high school, I went to Bard College in upstate New York where I studied Photography, Sociology, and International Relations. Since graduating from college in 2008, I have been based in New York but especially in the last three years, I’ve been spending extensive time in the Middle-East.”