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Burhan DOGANCAY


Born and raised in Turkey, I received my education mostly in Paris during the "golden fifties" when Paris was the art center of the world. While complying with my father’s down-to-earth and well-intentioned wish that I obtain a solid foundation for my adult life in the real world, I obtained a doctorate in economics. But I also secretly pursued my true love, art, by attending on the side courses at La Grande Chaumiere. After Paris, I landed, a position in the diplomatic service, which eventually brought me in the early 60s to New York, which by then had replaced Paris as a thriving center for the arts.


Life as a diplomat was glamorous, but all too soon I succumbed to the urge to be a full-time artist and resigned from my post as Director of Information & Tourism, only to experience a rude awakening, that art is the toughest field to make a living in, and that people, who call themselves your friends, disappear the minute you are no longer in a prominent position.



With not much bread to live on, I would, however, not let harsh conditions stand in my way and discourage me. With the moral encouragement of one of my staunchest supporters, the then
director of the Guggenheim Museum, Thomas M. Messer, I continued to struggle on with nobody
but God on my side. It was hard, but eventually the fruits of my labor would come to bear. Whenever I hit rock bottom, a miracle would present itself and lift me up, likening me to a Phoenix rising from the ashes. My work started to be acquired by the Guggenheim Museum, and the City of New York honored me with a Certificate of Appreciation on the occasion of my exhibition of paintings of New York during the city’s300th anniversary.



In 1969, I landed a fellowship at the prestigious Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles.
More prestigious museum collections acquired my work. And as my financial situation improved,
I began to travel the world and photographically document the walls of the world, which are the true inspiration of my art. A selection of this photographic archive culminated in a one-man exhibition in
1982 at the Georges Pompidou Center. Now 17 years later, in 1999, I have seen the world after
having visited 107 countries, with only a few "travelleable" countries left to be explored. Things continuously kept looking up and improving bit by bit. Other museum exhibitions followed. My first
book, a monograph, titled Dogançay, appeared in 1986, followed in 1992 by a French publication
of a book featuring photographs from my walls of the world archive (Dessine-Moi l’Amour). 1999
saw another milestone accomplished with the publication of my exclusive photographs of the
Brooklyn Bridge in a book titled Bridge of Dreams.


FICTIONAL BIO
The Book: BRIDGE OF DREAMS

also

LMTV: BRIDGE OF DREAMS
(TV program media release

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