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No: 102,  Septembre - Eylül - September 2018

Şahintaş, Şevket

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Şevket Şahintaş is born in İstanbul in 1966. He is working as a taxi driver since 1988. In 2005 during his night shift driving he saw people living in the streets in terrible conditions, shivering and trying to sleep in cold weather. He bought a camera to record their lives and took their pictures in order to do something for them. From then on he began to take pictures of homeless people and the night lives of others in the dark nights of İstanbul. People taking drugs, garbage collectors, travestites, women earning their lives with prostitution; shortly people struggling for their lives were now subjects of his frames. In his works Şevket Şahintaş generally reflected the sharp contrast between the promised products and lifestyles of the billboards and the realities of homeless people.

His pictures reflecting the night life of İstanbul were the first works in the Turkish photography history and attracted much attention all over the world.

Even in the first years of his photography works he represented Turkey in the activity of “Contemporary Turkish Photographers” held in St. Petersburg. His photographs found a place in the university archives. He gave interviews in various universities and Photography Clubs together with exhibition of his photographs. His story has been subject of various graduation theses in the domestic and foreign universities.  In various newspapers and magazines interviews made with Şevket Şahintaş are published together with his photographs. Interviews broadcasted in various radios in Germany reached the audiences.

His first TV documentary is broadcasted in CNN Türk channel on 20 February 2008.

Again in 2008 interview made with Şevket Şahintaş is published in the German magazine Der Spiegel Online:,1518,591928,00.html

Şevket Şahintaş opened his first exhibition  in İstanbul on 8 September  2009 with the title of “Gecenin Öteki Yüzü / The Other Side of the Night”

On 6 October 2009 a short documentary of Şevket Şahintaş telling why he is taking pictures is broadcasted on CNN International together with an interview:

On 16 March 2010 a documentary is broadcasted on Zoom Europa Arte television channel in Germany:

On 14 October 2010 cinema documentary “While Everyone Else Is Asleep”, directed by Erdem Murat Çeliker, whose shooting took two years and telling the story of how Şevket Şahintaş’s interest in photography developed, received the first best documentary award at International Antalya Gold Orange Film Festival:

On 16 February 2011 his documentary is broadcasted in the German Television channel Deutsche Welle:!/77791/Turkey_The_Photographer_of_Istanbul

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