When Burak Akpinar launched the Burak Photography studio in 2008, he didn’t expect it would become the first fashion studio in the world to be owned by a non-profit.
“I thought it would be a great idea to take the best photographs and put them online, and this is how I got my start in photography,” Akpinary says.
“When we started, the idea was that we would have one studio and a small team.
But as the years went by, we started to realize how many photographers there are in this world and we started seeing a lot of really beautiful photographs.”
The first Burak photo studio, in 2015, featured the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Adele.
Now, the studio is expanding to offer an entirely digital approach to its work, which allows artists to share their work with anyone with an internet connection.
“This is the first time that anyone in the fashion industry has been able to get their work to the public through photography,” says Akpinarian.
“We have photographers from all over the world who come in for free, and we get to have that interaction with them.
They share their photography with us, we get their photos, and now it’s all accessible to the world.”
The Burak photography studio has become an inspiration for artists and designers alike.
“There’s an element of being able to see how you are going to present your images to people, and how they will react to them,” Akpirary says of the studio’s new online platform.
“You can share your photos and your experience with them, and you can collaborate with them and collaborate with us.
We have an online platform where people can do that.”
Akpinars work has been showcased around the world, including at the PEN Women in Photography Awards in Amsterdam and the International Costume Institute (ICCI) Fashion Week in London.
His work has also been featured in several major fashion magazines, including the New York Times, Vogue, GQ, and The Guardian.
The photographer is currently shooting a documentary about Burak called The Buraks in a Bag, which explores his work.
“The Burak is a fascinating person,” says the filmmaker.
“He is always on the move and always looking for new ways to express himself.
I wanted to tell the story of his life and his life in photography.”
For more information about Buraks work, visit the Buraks studio website.