Photo by Yuri Kozyrev

Ahmet Sel (born in Turkey 1956) explores the field of documentary and portrait photography. He lived in Paris between 1981 and 1990 where he worked for La Cinq TV channel. Between 1990 and 2000, he lived in Moscow where he was a correspondent and bureau chief for Sipa Press.  2005-2006, Sel has been the chief editor for Sipa Press in Paris. He is living in Turkey since 2009. His photographs are published in major international newspapers and magazines including Le Monde, Stern, Paris-Match, VSD, Figaro Magazine, l’Express, The Walrus, Corriere della Serra, Sette, Noticias, to mention a few.

Sel is a member of various international and national contest juries (Istanbul Photo Awards, The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest,  Best press photographs contest of Turkish Photojournalists Association TFMD, among others).

Ahmet Sel’s photographs exhibited in many museums and galleries, and are part of private and public collections.

He won the “Fujifilm Press Photo Award France” in the portrait category, in 2003, and the Gold Award of  National Magazine Awards Foundation (Canada) in the “Words & Pictures” category, in 2004.


Gens de Moscou

Catleya Editions. Paris, 2001


Democratic Books. Paris, 2012


Editions Horizon Illimité. Paris, 2003

Moskova Insanları

Yapı Kredi Yayınları. Istanbul, 2003


Editions Horizon Illimité. Paris 2003


Aras Yayıncılık. Istanbul 2012

Solo Exhibitions

Visages de Turquie en France, March 5 – April 30, 2020 Institut Français, Ankara.

Anchored in the place, April 3 – April 30,  2015 French İnstitute of Istanbul & OFII,  Istanbul.

Davutpaşa Orta 3,   November 23 -December 23, 2012 at Tütün Deposu (DEPO) ,  Tophane, Istanbul.

“People of Moscow, Oriental Illusions”. HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR (ART HK 12) May 17th-20th 2012, Pi Artworks  Gallery

“Oriental Illusions” December 15th 2011 – February 12th 2012 at Pi Artworks,  Istanbul, Turkey

“Moscow-Kabul-Paris” March 23 – April 15, 2010 at Saint-Joseph French High school Exhibition Hall, Istanbul – Turkey

“Anchored in the place” March 22 – April 9, 2010 at the French Institute in Izmir, Turkey.

“Moscow-Kabul-Paris” February 22 – March 6, 2010, Mersin Congress Center Mersin, Turkey.

Anchored in the place” February 15 – March 8, 2010 at the French Institute,  Istanbul, Turkey.

“Anchored in the place” November 16 – December 15, 2007 – Galerie Elele, Paris.

“People of Moscow” (Gens de Moscou), 2002-2007 Galeries Fnac in France, Portugal and South Korea

People of Moscow” (Gens de Moscou), September 7 – October 2, 2004 – Atelier Magenta, Villeurbanne

“Kabul” (Kaboul, portrait posés), April 29 – June 11, 2004- Galerie Bleu du Ciel, Lyon.

“People of Moscow” (Gens de Moscou), May 23 – June 29, 2003 – Yapı Kredi Kültür Merkezi Sermet Çifter Salonu. Istanbul.

Group Exhibitions

“Human Takes Photo of Human”, 02 June – 18 December 2016, Istanbul Modern

“Pose”, 15 november – 15 December , 2016 PG Art Gallery, Istanbul

“Ali’s Koco”, 07 June 2012 – October 1 2012, Milli Reasürans Sanat Galerisi. Maçka – Istanbul

“Histoires Croisés”, Nil YALTER, Handan BÖRÜTEÇENE, Ahmet SEL.  October 13 – November 22, 2009 – The National City of Immigration History (CNHI), Paris.

“Kabul” (Kaboul, portrait posés), April 2003, joint exhibition, Unesco, Paris.