Challenging stereotypes of older people
The exhibition explores how the concept of
age is perceived in the different countries.
Diary of A Village Doctor
In 2010, I had the opportunity to observe and photograph the life of a
village doctor who was working in a county very close to the modern city
of Izmir in the western part of Turkey and equally far away from it in
terms of access to modern-day facilities. Throughout different seasons,
I joined him on his rounds at camps where seasonal farmhands lived and
on his visits to patients in villages with older populations. With
permission from his patients, I photographed his relationships with them
and the moments of physical examinations. In this area far from medical
facilities, most patients had no chance of accessing a modern health
center and the elder generation in particular had to be kept under
constant control. For them, the doctor and his assistant were not only
healers, but also a regular part of their daily lives and expectations.
Although my work was centered on a modest doctor who also served as a
kind of social worker, there was a simple life and world full of joyful
people in the background. At times, I felt in a time tunnel among people
living simple lives in their tumbledown stone houses dated to the early
was to show that in today’s world of technology, there are still
idealistic doctors somewhere, working with the tenderness and simplicity
of a real humanist.