Çağdaş Erdoğan is a self-taught photographer born in a small town in Eastern Turkey in 1992. His photojournalism work shares the raw and charged energy found in his personal work. Violence, sex, war, and death are subjects in many of Erdoğan’s photographs. His unique style and willingness to explore the bounds of society have earned him world-wide acclaim. Erdoğan travels throughout Turkey and the Middle East for stories published by leading publications, such as The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Times, and The Guardian. He was featured in the prestigious Ones To Watch issue by the British Journal of Photography in 2017. Akina Books published his first monograph in 2017.
Photographs from the Control series are being published by Nava. The series was shot in Istanbul over roughly a two year period. Fragments of underground Istanbul are revealed throughout the photos. The viewer is given a critical and artistic window into prostitution, drug dealing, and violence. The artist’s photojournalist background is evident here. He is not afraid to put himself in the middle of any situation.