Zafer Yorganci is a Turkish Documentary Photographer, Filmmaker, Video Editor(Vimeo) and Designer (Portfolio) who has been working since 2012. He grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. He studied Graphic Design for a while, He has been working as a Graphic Designer and 3D Designer for different companies. Besides all these professions, He has been interested in Film and Photography since then and attended film and scriptwriting courses in Istanbul.
He became one of twelve photographers selected from Turkey for the #BridgingStories photography collective, which was mentored by Photographer, John Stanmeyer (National Geographic) in 2016. They had exhibitions in Turkey, France, and Armenia. Their photo works were published in The New York Times and They also launched a Photo Book in 2017 all around the world with the same collective. His photo works were placed in the archive of The International Centre for Photojournalism (CIP) in Perpignan, France in 2018 with the same collective.
He worked on several short films as an Editor and Cinematographer (Camera Reel). In 2015, He directed his first short documentary "The Dispossessed", and the film won one jury special award in Turkey and was selected for screening at various festivals in a few countries. In 2016, he moved to Budapest for his film education, after a year He changed the university and went to Wroclaw to study for a bachelor- in ''Creative Media - 3D Animation and Visual Effects for Films and Games''. He completed his graduation with the short film ''Frames'' in 2021 and this was supported by European Union Funds. His photo and film studies focused on mostly human life, refugees, the working class, poverty, and human rights.
2021, Taste of Anatolia - Films from Turkey in Cambridge, UK.
2021, Award, ''The Runner Up Short Film on Refugee'', IIUSFF Film Festival - Association with ''UNHCR '' in Bangladesh.
2021, Financial Support by European Union Funds in Poland for the short film ''Frames''.
2018, His Photo work was placed in The International Centre for Photojournalism (CIP) in France.
2018, Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan Festival in France.
2017, The New York Times - ''Building Bridges Between Turkey and Armenia'' in the U.S.A.
2017, Bridging Stories - Photo Book published all around the world.
2016, Selected Photographer for BridgingStories (He was one of 12 Photographer who was selected from Turkey)
2016, Bin Varmis Bir Yokmus - Group Photo Exhibition Turkey.
2016, Goldensun Short Film Festival - screening in Malta.
2016, 10th International Second Hand Film Festival - screening in Turkey.
2016, Doc Sun back Film Festival - screening in the U.S.A.
2016, Award "Jury Prize", Genconculer Short Film Competition - Jury Prize in Turkey.
2015, IX. Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival in Turkey.