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Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Born: 1974

Hometown: Svishtov

Based in: Toronto, Canada

ABOUT ME

My ancestry is Turkish, however, I was born in Svishtov, Bulgaria, a small town on the Danube river. During the 1980s, my parents and I lived in Tripoli, Libya, where I attended an international school for the children of ex-pats. There, I was introduced to photography by one of my all-time best and favourite teachers. I have been an avid photographer ever since. I currently live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and two young children. I am formerly a practicing lawyer, however, I recently returned to school to pursue a Ph.D. degree in philosophy, with my focus being on environmental philosophy and legal and political theory. My current passion for photography, and the series of photos I have been working on more recently, are partly informed by my scholarly work on environmental issues.

For instance, my series titled “Landscapes of Modernity” is an attempt to translate some of my philosophical ideas - especially as it pertains to the concept of the "Anthropocene" - into a visual-photographic format. I aim to reflect on the phenomenology and experience of our dwelling in contemporary urban landscapes, i.e., spaces that are pervaded entirely by artificial human constructs, where our visual field is colonized by an ever-present and ever-expanding array of massive, monolithic, cuboid structures. In essence, rather than focus on scholarship alone, I am attempting to express some of my philosophical ideas in the language of photographic art. And my hope is that my photographs manage to capture the dual and conflicted nature of this modern moment, i.e., this period of modernity wherein we are confronted by staggering beauty combined with a certain severity and oppressiveness.

In addition to my architectural photography, I have recently started exploring portraiture.

https://attilaataner.com/


38 works for sale

Landscapes of Modernity: The Lonely Little Office Light (Toronto, Canada)

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Landscapes of Modernity: Structure at Diagonal (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Landscapes of Modernity: Twin Peaks (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Untitled (Toronto, 2006) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Brutalism and Books: The Robarts Library at The University of Toronto, No. 7 by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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$ 900

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Cables and Tower (Toronto, 2009) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Books & Brutalism; University of Toronto, Robarts Library, No. 8 (Toronto, 2021) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Untitled (Toronto, 2011) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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$ 900

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Cables and Constructs (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Opposing Structures, No. 6 (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Landscapes of Modernity: Opposing Structures, No. 2 (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

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Opposing Towers (Toronto, Canada) by Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner

Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner, Canada

Photography

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Attila Hasanov Mehmedov Ataner In The Studio

"In the artwork, the truth of beings has set itself to work. Art is truth setting itself to work." - Heidegger, "The Origin of The Work of Art"


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What inspires you?

I am inspired by the work of the masters of photography of the "classical" era, especially artist-photographers such as: André Kertész, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Alexander Rodchenko, Paul Strand, Minor White, as well as contemporary masters like Edward Burtynsky, Andreas Gursky ... among many others!

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Stark, Dramatic, Geometric

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Arguably the best advice concerning both art in general, and photography in particular, is this: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

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Where do you go for inspiration?

For me, inspiration entails intellectual stimulation. As such, I find inspiration whenever I turn my mind to philosophical scholarship, especially figures like Kierkegaard and Hegel. For instance: "The sublime in art is the attempt to express the infinite ..."


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Credentials

Education

University of Western Ontario (PhD)

Canada, 2021

McMaster University (MA)

Canada, 2012

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (JD)

Canada, 2005

McGill University (BA)

Canada, 1997

Education

University of Western Ontario (PhD)

Canada, 2021

McMaster University (MA)

Canada, 2012

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (JD)

Canada, 2005

McGill University (BA)

Canada, 1997

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