For The Record

November 1–30, 2020

Photographs by Ebru Yildiz


Opening Reception and Artist Talk – November 14, 2020 6–10pm
Event: Virtual Panel Discussion – November 20, 2020 7pm EST

For the Record, a panel discussion with Ebru Yildiz and Music Industry Guests

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Please join us for an artist talk with Ebru, and then an important industry panel discussion with the powerful women in Ebru’s exhibition who work in the behind the scenes of the music industry of NYC. Gallery Director and Lead Photographer, Jackie Neale will be moderating the discussion. There will be a brief Q&A at the end. Suggested Donation to attend is $10.
(We know it is a tough time. If you are unable to swing the donation, please email us directly at bigday@bigdayfilmcollective.com. We want as many voices represented, so please do not be shy. Thank you!)

For the Record is a portrait series by Brooklyn based Turkish photographer, Ebru Yildiz. Ebru as a seasoned music photographer in New York City began a deep celebration of all the women who worked the behind the scenes of the New York City Music Scene. Typically the working as the backbone of the industry these women represent record producers to sound engineers who typically are off stage and of the spotlight. Ebru flips the script and does a code switch by placing these women in the foreground through emotive and celebratory portraits in Ebru’s trademarks style in black and white. These photographs vary between film and digital photography. In all, Ebru has over 75 portraits in this body of work that is still ongoing and growing.


Please join us at the opening reception and for public programming that will be held online as a panel discussion. The artist talk and panel discussion with women working in the behind the scenes of the music industry of NYC and will discuss topics to include how the music industry, much like the photo industry is male dominated and how women’s participation may go unnoticed but it has a large impact. And then discussions how we can take this opportunity of the shutdown as a reset in how the collective rebuilding of the music industry and music events can include a larger female presence.

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Ebru is one of a handful of photographers I so greatly admire because she is photographing not only with film, but she specializes in photographing musicians live and for their album covers. Exactly what I plotted my career to be. I have photographed countless musicians, but also went down the tract of photographing all types of artists, blue chip, culinary, musicians, and bartenders all part of the cultural pot within New York and beyond, so I know how strong a woman must be while working with the music industry. I really began to follow Ebu's work in earnest as she began to document the last days of Death by Audio, to then publish her amazing monograph book, Death by Audio. And all the while, Ebru is a photographer who literally lived down the street from me in Brooklyn. Ebru and her partner opened an awesome photography studio in Greenpoint, @BrooklynGrain and I am excited to host an upcoming solo exhibition at Big Day Gallery @bigdayfilmcollective of Ebru's new work, For The Record, documenting women who are the backbone of the New York music industry. We got to talk about her trajectory in photography, all of her work leading up to now, and what we are planning for her exhibition coming up in November 2020 @bigdayfilmcollective For more information about Ebru's work please follow Ebru here @ebruyildiz , and please follow Big Day gallery at @bigdayfilmcollective as we open next week for our September exhibition, Jon Henry: Stranger Fruit @whoisdamaster, learn about out darkroom and film services, and our upcoming Inaugural Short Film film festival with @freefringephilly , and more exhibitions to come! #ebruyildiz #brooklyngrain #filmisnotdead #staybrokeshootfilm #fortherecord #brooklynphoto #thomyorke

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