Charlotte has developed very consistent and original work about the issues that affect her as a young contemporary woman. She is building a very interesting narrative using compelling images to convey a deliberately personal approach. She has given proof of her courage in experimenting with new languages that challenge the traditional documentary perspective. Her work brings a breath of fresh air to the classic way of exposing contemporary issues.
– Cristina de Middel Puch
Charlotte Schmitz studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. While living in Istanbul for two years, she worked for several german and international media outlets. Charlotte speaks six languages, including Turkish and Spanish.
This project focuses on the private space of women in a conservative neighborhood in Istanbul, capturing its daily life, beauty and intimacy.
»While men are in public spaces, women tend to stay in private. Charlotte focuses on the private, therefore the women — which recalls the political argument used as a slogan of second- wave feminism from the late 1960s: “The private is political.” Charlotte’s photographs underscore the connection between her personal experience and larger socio-political issues that refers to any power relationships within a house. Moreover, Çok güzelim, çok güzel / I am so beautiful, so beautiful becomes a photographic politicization of beauty through the politics of housework, marriage, motherhood, childhood, friendship, puberty, sexuality, family, celebrations, traditions, short-lived pop songs and perhaps Balat itself.« (Cemre Yesil)