FiLBooks is found by Turkish photographer and visual story teller Cemre Yeşil Gönenli in 2015. Initially, it was a bookshop, a workshop and a cafe in Karaköy, Istanbul. In 2017 we became a small publishing house and published books by Cemre and other artists. We have also co-published books with other international publishers. Our 2020 book Hayal & Hakikat won the ‘Award for Best Photography Book of the Year’ in the international category at PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Awards and was shortlisted for the ‘Photobook of the Year’ category in the 2020 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards and the ‘Historical Book of the Year’ at The Rencontres d’Arles Book Awards. Our most recent title Double Portrait was also shortlisted in the PHotoESPAÑA 2021 Awards for the ‘Award for Best Photography Book of the Year’ in the international category. We are interested to explore photographic images and philosophies of the image that is invested in photographic and printed production. We aim to create a collaborative space or a hub for arts that focuses mainly on photography and photo books. So far we have organized and hosted many workshops, book launches and artist talks. Cemre produces photobooks and enjoys giving critical input to the photographic works of other people, in terms of visual narrative, concept development and editing. She lectures in MA Photography Falmouth University and Istanbul Bilgi University. www.filbooks.com is initiated both for distributing books made by Cemre or published by FiLBooks. In addition, FiLBooks Online launched online mentorship programs on photographic and artistic production.
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