Istanbul Nightlife

This Metropolitan city contains of over 15 million inhabitants with a wide range of nationalities. The traditional Turkish culture blends with cultures from the many tourists that enlighten the city. What does this mean for their nightlife culture? Text and photo by Sandra Deira Özgür Erdogu (37) is a business owner in Taksim and has seen the many changes the city has been through in … Continue reading Istanbul Nightlife

Building Faith

Istanbul has over 1,000 mosques. If you look closely and compare them with each other, it quickly becomes clear that the vast majority follows the same model and that some characteristics are always repeated. But there are also some of the newly built ones, whose architecture is a bit daring and leaves behind the traditional construction methods of the Ottoman and the master architect Sinan. … Continue reading Building Faith

Istanbul’s most important inhabitants

Animals that live on the street. This evokes images of emaciated, aggressive animals struggling to survive. This is not the case in Istanbul. Many Istanbul inhabitants do not let animals into their apartment but are still crazy about them. They care about them as if they were their pets. Text and photos by Jonas Armbruster Most of the city’s cats live on the streets. Every … Continue reading Istanbul’s most important inhabitants

The innovative old-school chef

The 59-year-old chef, Musa Daǧdeviren is a pioneer when it comes to cooking traditional Turkish cuisine. His vision on ethnical problems and cultural believes give him the power to inspire others. Musa owns three restaurants in Istanbul, made over a dozen food magazines and produced his own cookbook; The Turkish Cookbook. Text and photos by Gijs de Boer When he was a young boy, he … Continue reading The innovative old-school chef

The minefield of press freedom in Turkey

Özge Sebzeçi is a Turkish photojournalist who mainly works freelance for several international media outlets. She didn’t feel the changes in the media landscape like other Turkish journalists have. Özge does have a very clear view on how journalists deal with the current working climate in Turkey, as she has a few journalist friends who have experienced it firsthand. Here’s what she had to say. … Continue reading The minefield of press freedom in Turkey

‘Get rid of the fat, I don’t want it anymore’

In 2018 Turkey attracted nearly 1 million people for health tourism, according to the government. Video and photo by Ingrid Godager and Thea Agnethe Erikson The British 24-year-old Clayton Digweed is in Istanbul to get a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) at Comfort Zone Cosmetic Surgery: “So I’m having a BBL, with lipo on the stomach and on the thighs. It’s something that I’ve always wanted … Continue reading ‘Get rid of the fat, I don’t want it anymore’

Please, tell our story

Turkey is home to over 50.000 Uyghurs, people who originate from former East-Turkistan, now known as Xinjiang province in China. 50.000 people eager to talk about what is happening in China. But in Turkey, the media do not cover their story. Text and photos by Julia van den Muijsenberg Since 2017, millions of Uyghur people locked away in Chinese re-education camps. The Chinese government is … Continue reading Please, tell our story