Ali Borovalı was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1958. A very first film inserted in his first camera in junior school years, then a much sought-after Olympus Pen (1968), brought him his first award, photo of the week in a national newspaper, along with a lifelong passion to pursue achievements in photography.
He studied economics and finance with a BA degree in Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and an MBA degree in Florida Atlantic University, USA where he also received his education on photography. Following an early career in finance throughout the 1980s, it was natural for him to take off his tie and revert to his childhood dream, the photographic journey. A decade later he was was the subject of Fortune Magazine as Fujifilm Europress photographer of the year, with an aim to ignite a spark in entrepreneurs for pursuing their own dreams.
Ali devotes himself to personal projects ranging anywhere from a few weeks short to several years long, with a commitment to maintain a creative perspective on human life and its environment. His photographs encompass the remote cultures of less revealed geographies, with areas of interest revolving around the colors and identity of local people, surrounding nature and indigenous life.
His works have covered more than 80 countries and have since been published by the leading national and global publications, geographic, travel and fashion magazines. He holds conferences, workshops, and has widely exhibited in Turkey, throughout the Balkans, and in leading international festivals and fairs including Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan, FotoArt, Poland, and Photokina, Cologne. His editorial work is available through Sipa Press, Paris.
Ali’s photography has received much critical acclaim. His work is held in private collections and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the highly prized EuroFuji European Press Photographer, among others. His most recent exhibition “Ice”, a photographic journey about climate change around the world’s foremost glacial areas, is part of the permanent collection of the Photography Museum, Istanbul. Ali has published photography books under various editions in Turkey, Greece and Estonia.
Ali Borovalı lives and works in Istanbul.
Selected Editorial Work
National Geographic Traveler
Le Monde 2
Paris, Khalkedon Editions, Tr.
Turkish Photographers' Library, Antartist Ed, Tr.
Trapezouda, Militos Ed, Gr.
Mount Athos 365, Militos Ed, Gr.
Lingering Between Image and Photographic Gaze, Mt Athos Center Ed, Gr.
Agion Oros, Lambrakis Press, Gr.
One Night in the Desert of Mt Athos, Tallinn St. John Foundation, Est.*
*Nominated as one of the 25 best designed Estonian books of 2016