Behiç Günalan


Behiç Günalan was born in Istanbul in 1952. He graduated from the Faculty of Humanities at Istanbul University. He started his professional career as a journalist in 1973. He worked as a journalist and correspondent for Hürriyet newspaper in Istanbul, Bursa and Edirne. After his retirement in 2001, he settled in his beloved city of Edirne.

As a journalist, he began to work with photography and gradually turned into creative photography. He opened his first national exhibition in Edirne in 1995 and his first international exhibition in Lörrach, Germany in 2007. His latest solo exhibition is called “Sadness as the Central Place of Displacement”, which was opened in Kardzhali (Bulgaria) and many places in Turkey on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the expulsion of the Turks. His works have been included in more than 80 mixed exhibitions.

Behiç Günalan was the Turkish photographer who documented the expulsion of more than 360,000 people in 1989 – from beginning to end (04.06.1989-22.08.1989).


Pictures from Behiç Günalan

1. Kapıkule, Edirne. Summer of 1989.
Wanted information board.

2. Kapakule, Edirne. Summer of 1989.
Mothers whose conscript or soldier sons are held hostage in Bulgaria.

3. Train stop at Kapakule, Adrianople. Summer 1989.
Morning toilet at the train station

4. Kapakule railway station. Summer 1989.
Waiting on the platform.

5. Kapakule, Adrianople. Summer of 1989.
Ceremonial welcome of the Turks expelled from Bulgaria.

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