Alemciler

Ahmet Çetin

Ahmet Çetin

Ahmet Çetin

Ahmet Çetin

He was born in 1964 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He settled in Bursa with his family in 1978. In 2007, he participated in BUFSAD basic photography training. He took part in 17 exhibitions - 6 of were solo-. He was chosen 5 times to the national team that consist ten people represents Turkey in Nature Biennals where National Photography Federations compete. In 2010, he placed 3rd at nature category of National Geographic and in 2013, he placed 1st at the same category. he has been working as an instructor at BUFSAD and various institutions for basic photography training and nature photography workshop programs since 2009.

The alems are ornaments in the form of moon and star, crescent or tulip made of metal, which are attached to mosques, tombs, madrasahs, domes and minarets as architectural elements or ornaments, which have been works of Turkish-Islamic architecture for centuries.

The brothers Rıza Akbalı and Sedat Akbalı, who are among the last representatives of the Ottoman handicrafts and who are trying to pursue their profession, also bear the honor of the title of state artist as the last representatives of their profession.

The brothers Rıza and Sedat Akbish, who are the last knowledge of the tradition of producing alem, which comes from the family tradition for 105 years, have been struggling to keep their ancestral profession alive in their workshop in Bursa.

The brothers Akbali, who said that they passed their profession from their grandfather Hamdi Akbalis to their father, and that their fathers continued this profession for 64 years, stated that the alems of Ulucami, Yeşil, Orhan Gazi and Emir Sultan mosques, which are included in the UNESCO Heritage List of Bursa, were also restored by them.

I would like to thank the craftsmen who struggle to live with honor for protecting their profession.

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