Call me Ci. I was born in Beyoğlu, Istanbul on July 6th, 1986. I studied Italian Language and Literature at Istanbul University. Following that, I worked for advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director for many years. I was 28 when I discovered visual storytelling. I did music photography and photojournalism for a while, then I decided to devote my time solely to my own stories.

My work is focused on Istanbul and its personal psychogeography. Adopting documentary as a secondary function, I tell stories using the scenes of my city. My distinct colour palette is a derivation of the look of Italian giallos from the ‘70s, and I take cues from the cinematography of classic horror films in my visual language. Almost all of my photographs take place in the daytime.

More about my work

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Exhibitions
  3. Texts
  4. Assignments
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Fujifilm X70 (2016)
Suspiria (1977)
Cat’s Cradle (1963)
The Smiths (1984)
Timeline of the far future

Recent Links


On Harper’s Bazaar Italia
Istanbul, Turkey
May 2024

For 11Freunde
Istanbul, Turkey
April 2024

For Der Spiegel
Istanbul, Turkey
March 2024

For Society
Gebze, Istanbul, Turkey
November 2023

For The New York Times
İbecik, Gölhisar, Burdur, Turkey
October 2023