One of the foremost travel and documentary photographers of Turkey, Faruk Akbaş has been a photographer and video producer for more than 35 years. In his photography he uses the human element predominantly within the context of locality and time. Having travelled across Anatolia more than dozens of times throughout these years, he has a unintendedly assumed the role of documenting the ever-changing landscape, and disappearing cultural practices of locals.
His photographs have been published in journals and newspapers such as National Geographic, Daily Telegraph, Hürriyet and Cumhuriyet (Two of the most influential Turkish newspapers at the time). Having captured the nature as well as, cultural and historical values have also been published in prestigious books of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey in addition to books of corporations which fund art privately, such as Eczacibaşı in Turkey.
Since 1995, as the co-author of the Photography Magazine, Akbaş has published more than 19 books including Photo Guide of Turkey, Travel Photography, Photography in Digital World, Photography in Pocket and Practical Composition in Photography.
Akbaş arranged photo road-trips from Turkey to Asia and Africa with a Yellow Bus. The documentary films he produced throughout these trips were broadcast as ‘Travelling Far Away’ in TRT ( Turkish National Channel) and Iz channel ( Documentary TV Channel of Turkey) Akbaş also produced a documentary series titled ‘In the pursuit of Light’ for TRT documentary channel.
In 1993, Akbaş founded The Photography House (Fotoğrafevi) in İstanbul, where many photography exhibitions, workshops, bull sessions and similar activities were held. He took place as a jury member in various film and photography competitions. He has shot fashion, automotive, tourism photographs and produced promotional videos for domestic and foreign companies including Fuji Film, Polimeks, Ford and Isuzu
He has also shot nature and life documentaries for TEMA (The Turkish Foundation Combating Erosion, deforestation and protecting habitat) and a documentary movie concerning authentic costumes of Anatolia. His work was exhibited in international L’OREAL photography shows.
Currently, Faruk Akbaş is organizing photography tours to mostly undiscovered gems in Turkey as well as foreign countries, like Nepal, Ethiopia, Cuba, India, Iran.
He is the ambassador of FUJIFILM in Turkey.
Since he has first laid hands on camera he became a photography aficionado. He travelled to Rwanda for Mountain Gorillas, to Ladakh (Northern India) for Aryan and Ladakhi People, to Mongolia for Eagle Hunters, to Ethiopia for Hamer Tribe, to Zero Valley (Northeastern India) for Apatani Tribe. He travelled to Patagonia, Atacama Desert and Igazu Waterfalls. He travelled to Cuba. He travelled to Kenya for The Great Migration. For landscape photography he travelled to Lofoten, Iceland and Isle of Sky.
He holds a civil engineering degree from Yıldız Technical University, he has his MBA in Finance at Baruch College, NY.
He runs Martinik Travel Agency (certified by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism) specialized in outgoing tour packages to local and corporate customers.