Ok this is going to be a long good read, I just ran into this interview of Hakan done by Turkey-based Bak Magazine, and it was really good I had to quote some of the stuff that I believe will be useful to a lot of photographers, such as;

Some art critics, even some important photographers defend the idea that photography is not art. What is your idea on this issue?
– I will have a different approach. I say that some branches of photography are art while some are not. But when I say this, I do not have the concern that what I am doing is art. If I have to talk more accurately, according to me landscape, memoirs or animal world photographs are not art. Because you just photograph that moment or a natural scene but you do not add something from yourself to the photograph. However, a landscape photograph not being art does not mean that it is not successful. There are very beautiful landscape photographs. Fiction photography, on the other hand, is art according to me; because then the ideas of the photographer count and he creates something new just like a painter. I do not think there is a big difference. But the idea that a photograph is an art work does not also mean it is successful because the success of a photograph is a very relative issue.

The famous Canadian photographer Ted Grant says, “If you photograph people in color you display their clothes. If you photograph them in black and white you display their souls. In your work, there are intense emotions that step forward even in color. Do you agree that black and white reflects the emotions better?
– Of course I do not agree but I cannot take a side against black and white. I, for instance, think that black and white fits documentary photographs, and colored tones fit fiction photographs more. I also think that reflecting the feelings and souls of people depend on the talent, the perspective and the processing of the photographer.

Yet another master Ansel Adams says, “There are two people in every photograph. The first is the one who takes it, and the second is the one who looks at it. What kind of a relationship should there be between these two?Do you try to make the audience feel what you feel, or can the feelings of these two be totally different from each other?
There are two people in photography for me as well. One is the person who is taking it, but the other is the person who is in front of the camera. I believe that the chemistry between these two is very important. Especially in long shootings this chemistry produces very good results. The audience that Adams talks about is a detail that I do not think of when I am working. I take photographs according to my desires and feelings, not due to the taste and demand of the audience. There are some people who like the results, and these are the people who feel like me so I don’t have to put extra effort for them to like my work. I want the audience to take charge from the moment that I present my photographs to them. If everyone interprets my work in a different fashion producing their own stories, this is what makes me happy.

Jump here for full interview.
And here’s a behind the scene video of one of the man Hakan’s shoot for Pierre Garroudi.