Turkey

The Turkish mothers imprisoned with their children
Activism

The Turkish mothers imprisoned with their children

‘It’s a psychological lynching‘ — In the aftermath of Turkey’s coup attempt in 2016, the number of pregnant women and women with small children in prison skyrocketed. Stephen Delahunty reports on the severe human rights violations they are facing.

Written by: Stephen Delahunty

The photography school for children on the Syrian border
Photography

The photography school for children on the Syrian border

Universal language — As the Director of Sirkhane Darkroom, photographer Serbest Salih teaches young people from vulnerable communities – many of them refugees – how to use cameras to process the world around them.

Written by: Huck

A photographer probes truth and lies in modern Turkey
Photography

A photographer probes truth and lies in modern Turkey

The Parallel State — After being injured in a deadly attack in Libya, British photographer Guy Martin wasn’t sure if he’d ever shoot again. Then he recalibrated his identity. Slowing down, he started documenting the faux-reality of Turkish soap operas and the surreal political events they mirrored on the streets.

Written by: Guy Martin, as told to Andrea Kurland

A personal trip through Turkey’s punk scene
Film

A personal trip through Turkey’s punk scene

Where it all began — In his new film Arada, director Mu Tunc reflects on the movement’s early beginnings in Istanbul, telling the story of his brother’s radical career as a punk frontman.

Written by: Hannah Clugston

A wild Turkish road trip with BaBa ZuLa and Boiler Room
Music

A wild Turkish road trip with BaBa ZuLa and Boiler Room

Istanbul psychedelia — The psychedelic four-piece take us on a tour of Istanbul in a new Boiler Room-produced short, mapping their creative journey through the streets of their hometown.

Written by: HUCK HQ

The journalists risking arrest every time they speak out
Magazine

The journalists risking arrest every time they speak out

Dangerous truths — Turkey’s purge of ‘dissent’ has thrown the country into uncertainty, posing a dilemma for reporters: support the government or risk imprisonment. But for a handful of young journalists, the facts are worth fighting for.

Written by: Pesha Magid

Documenting queer life under Turkey’s AKP party
Photography

Documenting queer life under Turkey’s AKP party

The Purple Room — LGBT people are being forced to live in the shadows thanks to Turkey’s highly conservative government. In his new book, The Purple Room, Helio Leon shares their struggle.

Written by: Ellie Howard

Photographer and subject: Who gains more?
Photography

Photographer and subject: Who gains more?

Reflections on the ethics of artist vs. muse — When Jason Andrew exposed human trafficking in football, he found himself questioning his own role in the documentary game.

Written by: Jason Andrew

Documenting the violence facing Turkey's trans community
Photography

Documenting the violence facing Turkey's trans community

Trans House — Queer photographer Omer Tevfik has spent years documenting Turkey's trans community, and with a conservative government banning Pride celebrations and trans people being murdered in the street, the need for resistance and visibility has never been greater.

Written by: Lorena Rios

From Egypt to Turkey, a new generation refuses to be silent
Culture

From Egypt to Turkey, a new generation refuses to be silent

Hope interrupted — The fire of resistance is burning strong in Istanbul but as photographer Emine Gozde Sevim finds, the drive for a life of freedom – unmarked by maddening world events – extends beyond boundaries.

Written by: Emine Gozde Sevim

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