BIOGRAPHY

 

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Gokche emigrated to Canada in 1977.

 

He attended Queen's University (B.A.Hon 1983) majoring in Film Studies, concurrently pursuing studies in photography at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario.

 

After moving to Toronto in 1983, Gokche worked as a production assistant

in the film industry. Meanwhile Gokche's passion for photography continued

to grow, photographing many musicians and celebrities such as David Bowie, Kris Kristofferson, John Candy and Martin Short.

During this time he set up a photography studio and started shooting portraiture, models’ portfolios and commercial work.
 

 

In the 90's Gokche started working with medium and large format cameras, specializing in interior design, architectural and product photography, in addition to shooting landscapes for his fine art photography.

 

In 1995 he turned his photography studio into a multi-use facility and established Gallery 401 at 401 Richmond Street West in downtown Toronto. During its 11 years of operation this popular gallery provided a

vital link to a generation of emerging artists mounting over 120 exhibitions.

The exhibitions featured photography, painting, sculpture and art 

installations, earning a place on the list of 10 best galleries by Toronto.com /best of TO in 2002.

Gallery 401 participated in every Contact Photography Festival from

1998 on. Several of these exhibitions were mounted by photography school graduates with whom Gokche took on an informal mentoring role.

    

Gokche exhibits his fine art photography on a regular basis. His latest exhibition was "Mysteries of Land and Sea" at Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto

as part of CONTACT 2013.

 

Currently Gokche provides fine art printing services to photographers

and artwork documentation, design and digital services to artists.

He continues his work as a professional photographer / videographer at

his studio in downtown Toronto.

 

 


 

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