Interview Meral Güler

I became an onlooker, a photographic storyteller.

Name: Meral Güler
Hometown: London, England but I now in Los Angeles, California.
Style of photography: Documentary – Conceptual
Type of Cameras: Leica M6 and Rolleicord
Website: Flickr

What gives you inspiration?

I am inspired by my social landscape and cinematography. I instinctively, seek out scenarios that reflect social condition. I attempt to capture a human presence within seemingly mundane, ephemeral symbolism.

What are your Influences?

Images by Diane Arbus, Shirin Neshat, Ara Güler, Cartier-Bresson, Andre Gelpke, Bruce Davidson, Parkeharrison Brothers and Artist Boyd Webb, ‘The family documentary series’ by Paul Watson, Sergei Parajanov’s ‘The colour of Pomegranates’ and ‘The 5000 fingers of Dr T’ by Roy Rowland have all made an indelible imprint on me.

Why did you choose these photos?

I chose these photographs because they imply a narrative that goes beyond the image itself.

What does photography mean to you?

As a teenager, I assisted my father in his film Lab and made pocket money photographing friends at school events. I became an onlooker, a photographic storyteller and now a documentary filmmaker.

My Photography, allows me to make a more personal comment on society and to capture within those images an essence of my cultural diversity.

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