A photographer with a vast range and extensive experience, now Toronto based Koray Erkaya began his professional career over two decades ago in Istanbul. He has worked as both a photographer and director for still and film shoots, from the highly commercial to the avant-garde, from architecture and couture fashion, to fast-paced location based productions.
He is a graduated of The Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Photography, Istanbul1989.
In 1996 at the beginning of his career he was awarded the “Kristal Elma” (Crystal Apple) Prize for Best Advertising Photography for Vog Stockings campaign and the same year was selected as the official Camel Trophy photographer, an extreme outdoor International Motor Sports Competition, for five consecutive years.
In 1997 he published his first book “Outer Limits” as well as his first solo photography exhibition with the Camel Trophy photographs.
In 2004 he was chosen by Archive Magazine as one of the Best 200 Advertising Photographers (worldwide), and his works were published in the book “200 Best Ad Photographers”.
A year later he founded Dijipost, an ultra-sophisticated lab offering the highest level of photo, film and video retouching, manipulation, special effects and illustration in the region.
Establishment of HK Film Design Production, a firm offering creative design, scripting, direction and production of for television and film came later. He directed and produced a fashion lifestyle program, entitled,“Sihirli Eller”(Magical Hands) in 2008.
He organized an exhibition for autistic children. In 2010 he was awarded by Medicat Mag
for the Best Advertising Photograph “Swim Ugur who is going to catch you!“ with a paralympic games campaign.
He opened a solo photo exhibition in Istanbul in May 2010 and in Paris in December 2010 under the name “Don’t Tell Mamma”.
In May he was invited to take part in a photo exhibition in “Festival Europeende la photo de Nu” with the Don’t Tell Mamma series. The same photo series was also exhibited in the city of Ulianovsk in Russia in October 2011.
For the last twenty years he has given a lot of photographs to mix photo exhibitions and events. Also, his works are published in “Nude Art Today 2013-2014”.
He is a participant artist to Contemporary Art Istanbul every year from 2010 to 2016.
In January 2014 he opened a solo photo exhibition in Piramid Art Istanbul, under the name of “Self Touches”.
After the big mining accident in Soma (Turkey) he participated to Contemporary İstanbul Art Fair with a video art project and photographs to draw attention to the big loss of lives.
In 2015 February he took part in the “Totally In Naked” (Çırılçıplak) international photography exhibition later UPSD and several other mixed exhibitions.
For “Giyilebilir Sanat” (Wearable Art) Show he designed an outfit that he named “inside out”.
After the silent and peaceful protest in Istanbul Gezi Park in 2013 he prepared a photograph exhibition “Invacuo” emphasizing on the abundance use of pepper spray on innocent protestors. The book with the same name was published in the same year. The photographs of this exhibition were also showed in several national and international mixed exhibitions.
In February 2016 he opened an exhibition, a collection of 25 years of his work, in Ankara, Turkey at the M1886 gallery which later on was moved to Istanbul at ArtkolikHUB.
Father of three boys Koray Erkaya, is a UPSD (A+A) artist.