Nariman Ansari

Instructors: Andrea Bruce & Stephanie Sinclair

While researching on Turkey’s culture, I was surprised to learn of the GLBT scene and how open it was. Being from a predominantly Muslim country myself, it seemed quite shocking that Turkey had so many gay clubs, a GLBT magazine, even a GLBT pride week! It was something I simply couldn’t imagine ever happening in Pakistan. So I felt like investigating the issues that the GLBT were having and what the situation was for lesbians in particular. I had been assigned to Andrea Bruce, who is a very warm and inspirational instructor. She helped me figure out how to work around the obstacles I was facing, and how to build a story.


Mervyn Leong

Experience the spiritual and social effects in the Hammam (Turkish Bath).

During my recent visit to Istanbul, I have commited to making a short multimedia photo essay about travel or lifestyle as homework for the Foundry Photoworkshop 2010. After some tinkering, I came up with the idea of documenting the spiritual and social effects of the Turkish Baths a.k.a. Hammams. I made a few visits to the famous historical hammams in Istanbul and after lots of sweat and blood, please find the final product from my hardwork.

HAMMAM: Spreader of Warmth from Mervyn Leong on Vimeo.

Paulette Waltz

Instructor: Henrik Kastenskov

“After the long and dangerous trek escaping from Tibet to Manali, girls learn a trade at Tibetan Children’s Village hopefully giving them skills to work in the future. Most of them left their family behind to find better opportunities and the Tibetan community supports them in education and maintaining their cultural heritage”.

Jonathan Henderson

Story: The Corner Market
Instructor: Ron Haviv

“In a time of increased globalization and multi-national corporations a small slice of nostalgia continues in Turkey in the form of mom and pop corner markets. Though they are not disappearing at the rate of their U.S. counterparts they are slowly being pushed out of business by large supermarket chains. Brothers Mehmet and Yasar Yildirim began working at their father’s corner shop thirty years ago as young boys. Their father retired five years ago leaving the shop for them to run”.


Karan Vaid

Story: Gul Annem (living with Alzheimer’s)

“Since I am primarily interested in producing compelling human narratives through my photography, I decided to photograph a widowed Turkish Lady, Halima, who had Alzheimer’s disease and was living in an old age home in Istanbul.

I could see that Istanbul is a rapidly developing city at par with its European counterparts… but private old age homes are a new concept in an otherwise traditional family oriented population. I chose to photograph Halima in the hope that my photographs could show the change in the outlook of Turkey’s younger generation towards traditional family values and beliefs”.

Gul Annem (the flower mother) from karan vaid on Vimeo.

Yulia Vishnevets

Story: SHE IS A MALE – being transgender in a homophobic society.
Instructor: Jared Moosy

“Notoriously harsh against transsexual prostitutes, police have been accused of arbitrary round-ups, mistreatment, torture and rough “clean-up” operations in several Istanbul neighbourhoods popular with transsexuals”.


Vania Gonzalvez

Story: Simple.
Instructor: Stephanie Sinclair

“Se dice que leen el futuro en las estrellas y que tienen la pocion del amor.
la gente no cree en lo que no sabe explicar.
Nosotros, en cambio, no tratamos de explicarnos las cosas en las que creemos.
La nuestra es la vida simple, primitiva. Nos basta tener por techo el cielo,
fuego para calentarnos y nuestras canciones cuando estamos tristes”. Spatzo.


Jeroen de Kluiver

Story: Alevi – Welcome to this house

The Alevi are a religious, sub-ethnic and cultural community in Turkey. Alevi are related to Shi’a Islam and Bektasi Sufism. Compared to other groups within Islam, Alevi have a liberal view on life & religion. The Alevi come together in the Cemevi. The Cemevi is not only a place of prayer & religious ceremonies but also of brotherhood where food is handed out and community work is done.


Luka Dakskobler

Story: The Long Nights on the Marmara Sea
Instructor: Jared Moossy

“Adem, Cevat and Cinar are the crew of a small five meter boat, rocking heavily on the Marmara Sea just off the coast of Istanbul, Turkey. In the summer months, their boat is one of the smaller boats that struggle to fish here after the fishing season ends. In june, the fish migrate into cooler waters up the Mediterranean and only the big boats can follow them. Adem, Cevat and Cinar, and some of their friends, stay in Istanbul and struggle to make a living off the Marmara Sea and the scattered schools of fish. Starting every other in the afternoon and returning to port in the early morning of the next day”.

Luka Dakskobler at DAX Photo

“The Long Nights on the Marmara Sea” Multimedia Version

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