Ankara Cyberpunk

12 February 2019

I didn’t know the term ‘Cyberpunk’ before living in Ankara. Now I know it far too well. Now I know it far too well. An urban scene from Kizilay, the central intersection in Ankara, Turkey.


Cover Portrait for Datum Magazine

02 February 2019

In January, I collaborated with investigative reporter Franziska Tschinderle for this DATUM Magazine cover portrait and reportage on Max Zirngast, an Austrian journalist who was jailed for three months in Turkey for his articles and activism. Find the full story here.

Scorpions reveal Turkish start-ups’ new vigour

29 January 2019

In one of the more unique assignments I’ve received in Turkey, I snapped photos of Sanliurfa scorpions being “milked” for venom at a lab in Eskisehir Osmangazi University. It was for a report on angel investment by The Financial Times’ Turkey correspondent Laura Pitel, who wrote:

“Turkey’s angel investment scene has expanded rapidly in recent years thanks to improved government incentives. In 2013, the country received €14.7m in angel investment, according to the European Trade Association for Business Angels. In 2017, the figure reached €52.3m – the fifth highest in Europe.

Elmira Bayrasli, a professor at New York’s Bard College who has championed angel investment in Turkey, said she was encouraged by the growth in science ventures, rather than simply more of the “ecommerce clones” that dominated the Turkish start-up landscape in its early years by copying the likes of eBay and Amazon.”

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Erzurum’s failed 2026 Winter Olympic bid draws tourists

16 December 2018

Above is the Çifte Minareli Medrese in Erzurum, Turkey. I wrote a piece for Monocle’s Winter Weekly on how the city’s failed bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics has actually led to a five-fold increase in ski tourism.

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Winter smog in Ankara, Turkey - Dec. 2018

Winter brings an extra layer of smog to Ankara

06 December 2018

Each year, the first few weeks of cold weather seem to be the haziest. Either I forget what widespread lignite coal use does to the sky or this is the time a summer’s worth of scavenged furniture goes to the flames.

Geologists are measuring bullet damage to ancient Middle Eastern settlements

04 December 2018

After watching ISIS destroy parts of Palmyra in Syria, Geomorphologist Lisa Mol launched an initiative to catalogue bullet damage in Middle Eastern heritage sites. Happy to see my photo of the Jordan’s Wadi Rum accompany the Nature International Journal of Science article about her conservation efforts.

Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, Turkey - Nov. 2018

Istiklal Caddesi

01 December 2018

Istanbul’s central Istiklal Caddesi has changed a lot over the years, but it still has its moments. Here’s a street scene of a roasted chestnut salesman working the night of 24 November 2018.

Ani Ruins

19 November 2018

Lost count of how many check points I passed on a road trip to the Ani Ruins, but I’d recommend a visit for anyone trying to understand Turkey and its region.

2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism

01 November 2018

I want to thank The World Justice Project for recognizing my reporting from #Turkey with an honorable mention in The 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism. Also, congrats to my colleagues, whose unwavering integrity leads us through challenging times.

The Case of an American Pastor Caught in a Geopolitical Fight

13 October 2018

Andrew Brunson will likely visit the White House today after being released from two years in Turkish custody. This is rare step forward for US-#Turkey relations, but many serious problems remain. My latest for The Atlantic with input from Ozgur Ozgur Unluhisarcikli and Nate Schenkkan.