Sehnaz Seker

The Hamburg photographer Şehnaz Şeker is spending two months in Prague as part of the residency programme of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Goethe-Institut Prague. She has been here since mid-March.

Şehnaz Şeker was born in Sögütlütepe near Pertek in Turkey in 1976. When she was eleven she came to Germany and at first lived with her family in Halle (Westphalia). After completing secondary school she studied photography and film at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, including semesters spent studying abroad in South Africa and Australia. Since completing her studies in 2005 she has been living and working in Hamburg, the home of her choice.

The work she presented for her final examinations, "A Portrait between Yesterday and Today", was successfully exhibited in a number of galleries. The series of photographs shows the tension between the rural and traditional way of life in the place she was born, and the young generation that has moved away from there to Germany. Another project of the young photographer was "Scan meets photo". In it she used a large format scanner to make portraits of 19 photographers living in Germany, including Jim Rakete, Harald Hauswald und Roswitha Hecke. The idea behind it was to scan people who normally scanned others with their eyes or their cameras.

Şehnaz Şeker's great passion is creating portraits. She is interested in people and their stories. And so we can look forward to seeing what stories the work she creates in Prague will tell…


© Sehnaz Seker


Resident at the Goethe-Institut Prague

March to May 2011