Ersin Alok was
born in 1937, Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from
Istanbul University, School of Arts and Letters,
Psychology Department, and from Journalism and Commerce
Department of The I.I.T.I Academy. (Academy of Economic
and Commercial Sciences). He founded the Photography
Institute of the Mimar Sinan University. Alok, who
started his art career as a painter, held his first
exhibition in 1953, at the exhibition hall of the
School of Languages, History and Geography of Ankara
His relations with nature, mountain
climbing and deep sea diving; in a sense "Became
his joy of life". Alok, who started alpinism in
1953, has 189 climbs in Turkey. He started deep
sea diving in 1955. He has realized deep dives in
different parts of the world and taken under water
photographs. He is among the first divers to dive
into the Red Sea. He has given many lectures on
the subject and held exhibitions. His explorations
in the Amazons gave his the chance to make photographic
studies on the integration of Natural Life and the
animal species in the process of extinction in natural
life that is being devastated. He made the first
studies for a National Park in Turkey, and realized
photographic documents on the subject, 1966.
He started his professional career
as a photographer in 1967. He won the first prize,
with his Absurd in photography, in the 5th Paris
Biennial Then first prizes in Rome, Brussels, Sofia,
Warsaw and USA Barkley follow In 1989, World Photography
Association gave Alok the right to represent Asia,
and held his panoramic triangular exhibition with
three other artist Alok, who has realized 199 exhibitions,
has also had 41 exhibitions abroad He has formed
a sound archive with his studies on sound recording.
He also founded the first DIABANK
in Turkey with his 6,500,000 dia archive. Alok has
21 published books.
His last works "Melting Pot of Civilizations" and
"Step by Step Alacahoyuk" are published in 1999.
At present, he is working on four different books.
Alok has also been working on documentary films.
Some of these works, realized on 35/16 mm, are :
Zoma I. 1979, Zoma II.1979, Ishakpasa Palace Rock
surface drawings, 1973 , bird people in Turkey,
1980, Desert Winds, filmed on the Sahara, 1981 ,
etc. He has realized 38 documentary films. Rock
Surface Drawings, which are Alok's own discovery,
are more than 10.000 in number. He has given many
lectures on the subject both in Turkey and abroad,
and has published two books, one of which is the
first book in the world that was published on Psychoanalytic
explanations of the drawings. His "Synagogues in
Anatolia" is also a first in the world.
Alok has given more than one hundred lectures. To
these day, he has realized Anthropologic and prehistoric
explorations in every part of the world except New
Zealand and the South Pole. He believes that Sharing
is the only form of Existentialism. He asserts that
Visuality must definitely be shared. Reality, for
him is regional. He claims that "In every layer
in the world reality itself is the truth for that
region". His latest research on "Sharing of Life
and Sexus Behaviors" was realized in the Himalayas
and Hindu & Buddhist temples.
Alok has made important studies on Industrial Photography.
He has produced pamphlets. Posters, Booklets and
Fair Displays He is renown for his discoveries on
Archaeological and Architectural Photography.
He also has discoveries on color in photography,
control of the control intensifying of the blue
Alok realized for the first time in Turkey, a one-piece
360 panoramic photograph 1986.
Alok is, at present, working in his Photography
and Film Studio's.