Olgaç Bozalp

Turkey

Growing up, while Turkish photographer Olgaç Bozalp’s friends were off playing sports, he would spend time writing poetry and scripts. When a relative working as an actor introduced him to theater, he moved to Cyprus to study it, but while there he started taking photos of himself as he impersonated a host of different characters, and his passion for the medium grew from there. Now based in London, his work is led by his deep cultural awareness, and his lifelong passion for characters means he’s sensitive to the personal identities of his subjects, and the character he’s been focusing his lens on more than ever in recent years is his dad. As a child, his dad took him on his first trips to other countries, and in the last few years Olgac has been returning the favor, capturing his dad as he explores landmarks and tastes food in Oman, Jordan and India. We featured a selection of these photos, and talked to Olgaç about how their trips together have brought them closer. Olgaç was featured in British Journal of Photography's "Ones to Watch" photographers of 2019, and his work has been published by Le Monde, T Magazine, Dazed, and Atmos.