Turkuaz team is comprised of an international group of highly talented designers, artists, journalists, photographers and publicists, renowned for their extensive experience and gusto for promoting Turkish culture.
Eser Turan is the director of Turkuaz Magazine and works as the brand manager at the company's Turkey branch, Ajans 869. (www.ajans869.com) She received her bachelor degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University and her masters degree in Design from U.C. Berkeley. Turan brings 8 years of professional architectural and interior design experience as well as project coordination expertise to Turkuaz. Having received art, design, music and dance education simultaneously on Eastern and Western cultures during her formative years, she harmonizes these vastly different yet equally significant influences in her cross-cultural identity with a unique perspective in shaping Turkuaz. (www.eserturan.com)
Deniz Yucel, a second generation Turkish-German, is an award-winning journalist currently working for the German newspaper die Welt. He studied Political Science in Berlin and worked for various media groups in Germany. He is the co-founder of the award-winning anti-racist reading Hate Poetry, and author of two books. His first book "Taksim ist Überall" (2014) is on the Gezi Movement. His second book, "Wir sind ja nicht zum Spass hier" (2017) was published during his much publicized imprisonment in Turkey, where he was mostly held in solitary confinement without a single indictment for a year until his release in February 2018. His brings his knowledge and expertise on the issues of minority rights, diversity and integration to Turkuaz. (www.denizyucel.de).
Alico Guzelbeyoglu is an award-winning photographer who has worked in the high-end projects of the publishing industry in Turkey. (www.guzelbeyoglu.com) He has extensive experience in fashion photography and has worked as the coordinator of the French Amaan Magazine, arguably the most luxurious fashion magazine in the world. Throughout his time at Amaan, Guzelbeyoglu has assisted the famous Karin Westerfield and Paul Steinitz and has built a strong portfolio of fashion and portraits. His musical talent has made him one of the most famous DJs in Turkey, where he is the music director of the famous disco club Otto. He contributes to Turkuaz as the director of projects in Turkey, at the Turkey branch of Turkuaz, branded as Ajans 869.
Suzan Revah is the Senior Editor of Turkuaz Magazine. A first generation Turkish-American from an extended Turkish-Jewish family, Revah is originally from Washington D.C., but currently lives and works as a San Francisco-based writer and editor. Among her favorite ways to stay in touch with her Turkish roots – aside from traveling to Turkey as often as possible- are learning to cook the traditional recipes of her mother and aunts, studying belly dance and dabbling in henna design. She offers creative consultancy services (www.suzanrevah.com). She is thrilled by the opportunity to stay in touch with her journalism roots by contributing to Turkuaz.
Gabe Kirchheimer has worked for many magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and around the world (www.gabekphoto.com). Through a chance meeting with editor Eser Turan, he became interested in contributing to Turkuaz, and in renewing his link to Turkey. His Sephardic Jewish grandfather, Joseph Levy (changed from Halevi at Ellis Island), was born in İzmir, and used to tell him of the city’s beauty, and of how his rabbi father would play chess with the priest across the street. As a musician, Kirchheimer had special interest in photographing Ilhan Ersahin, proprietor of club Nublu.
An expert in multimedia design, Dinc Erem Tapa has received extensive education in graphic design, visual communictions and the arts from Bilgi University. Having worked at various marketing agencies in Turkey, including a two year position as the creative director of MSN Turkey. Erem Tapa is fluent in English, French and Turkish and plays the trompet, zither, guitar and percussionos. The son of famous Turkish caricaturist Ibrahim Tapa, he is a web guru with graphic abilities that range from animation to film production. (www.eremtapa.net)