Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica

18 April 2019

Nice to see my photo of the lush rain forest on the Barva Volcano in Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica, featured in a climate change article in today’s Guardian.

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Faces come out of the rain

16 April 2019

As an economic downturn continues to put pressure on the Turkish lira value against the US dollar, life proceeds as normal on Istiklal Caddesi on a rainy afternoon in Istanbul, Turkey.

Two legacies. One Taksim.

10 April 2019

A new mosque rises over Istanbul’s Taksim Square beside the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk monument, which is dedicated to the founder of Turkey’s secular republic. Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long sought to build a mosque in Istanbul’s central plaza and soon this goal will be realized.

Turkish opposition party wins Ankara, possibly Istanbul

01 April 2019

My favorite shot from celebrations at the Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters in Ankara, Turkey, published in Italy’s la Repubblica.

The country’s main opposition party, the CHP, took most of Turkey’s largest cities in municipal elections that saw a backlash against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) following an economic downturn that led to a spike in consumer prices.

Above, a crowd celebrated the victory of CHP Ankara Mayoral Candidate Mansur Yavas.

Newroz in Diyarbakir

21 March 2019

In Diyarbakir, Turkey, a pair of Kurdish women join festivities marking Newroz, the celebration of spring by Middle Eastern, Persian and Turkic cultures.

God is a woman

09 March 2019

A scene from the International Women’s Day march in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 8, 2019. Protesters took the streets chanting feminist slogans for gender equality and an end to violence against women and transgender people in Turkey despite heavy police presence and the use of tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.

Soldiers at the Anıtkabir in Ankara

05 March 2019

Caught a soldier mid-lunge on a recent visit to the Anıtkabir, the mausoleum for Turkey’s first president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara.

Syrian refugees in Kayseri

19 February 2019

Hello internet, on a recent visit to central Kayseri’s Caferbey Mahallesi, I came across many Syrian children asking for clothes and shoes. Their families live in partially demolished houses and any help would make a big difference.

Selam internet, geçen hafta Kayseri’deki Caferbey Mahallesini ziyaret ederken, ayakkabı ve kıyafet isteyen birçok Suriyeli çocuk ile karşılaştım. Aileleri, bir kısmı yıkılmış evlerde yaşıyor ve her yardım büyük bir fark yaratabilir.

Ankara Cyberpunk

12 February 2019

I didn’t know the term ‘Cyberpunk’ before living in Ankara. 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.

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    Ani Ruins

    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.

    Ani, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism

    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.

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    The Case of an American Pastor Caught in a Geopolitical Fight

    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:

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    Edward Hopper tribute from Diyarbakir

    Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Sur Street Scene

    Sur, Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Mars of the Middle East

    Nice to see National Geographic publish my photo from the Wadi Rum in Jordan. It’s one the most surreal landscapes in the Middle East and well worth a visit.

    Wadi Rum, Jordan - © Diego Cupolo 2017

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    President Erdogan’s Republic of Fear

    “For the few journalists that remain, it has not been easy…to direct critical questions to the government about their actions,” Cumhuriyet’s Cigdem Toker told me for my latest take on the ‘New #Turkey.’

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    For Kurds in Southeast Turkey, the urban conflict continues: The fighting has ended, but fears that a culture will be erased remain

    24,000 people are still displaced two years after military operations ended in the Sur district of Diyarbakir. Homeowners were offered an average of 40,000 liras for property lost to the fighting. Now developers are building 400,000-lira houses on expropriated lands.

    This photo is part of my latest report from southeast Turkey:

    Sur, Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Turks Have Voted Away Their Democracy

    “First they ignored him. Then they laughed at him. Then they jailed him. Then he became perhaps Turkey’s most powerful leader in 80 years.” My take on ‘the oppressed’ and who’s claiming that status in a changing Turkey.

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    The Fate of Turkey’s Democracy Lies With the Kurds

    Over the last week, I reported from villages in southeast #Turkey, where paved roads are rare, security checkpoints are abundant and 1,090 ballot boxes are being relocated. This is what I saw ahead of the nation’s pivotal elections.

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    Turkey’s high-speed rail system highlighted in Monocle Magazine

    Just spotted the new transportation issue of Monocle Magazine. Inside, I wrote about Turkey’s fast developing high-speed rail network and plans to link Izmir to Sivas in 2019. The service already runs from Istanbul to Konya via Ankara, which will soon be the nation’s high-speed rail hub.

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    Three choices: Recep, Tayyip or Erdogan?

    Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Erdogan’s ‘pious generation’ goal drives Islam into education

    Over the years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made clear his intentions to raise a “pious generation” that espouses Islamic values alongside Turkish nationalism. I took this photo of a father and daughter reading a Quran through a religious bookstore window in Fatih, Istanbul, to accompany a report on religious education by Fariba Nawa and Ozge Sebzeci in the Financial Times’ special insert on Turkey this week.

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    Istanbul, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Financial Times Special Report: Turkey

    Pick up today’s FT special report on Turkey for an overview of big themes facing the nation ahead of its 24 June elections. Includes articles by Laura Pitel, Fariba Nawa and others - with my photos throughout.


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    Hamsi: The much sought-after Black Sea anchovy

    Samsun, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Election season is upon us

    Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Ankara Morning

    Ankara, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Turkey’s Female Opposition Candidate

    In Monocle Magazine’s latest Spring Weekly, I profile IYI Party leader Meral Aksener, who says #Turkey’s president “can’t handle losing to woman.”

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    Mardin Bazaar

    Mardin, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Saat Kulesi

    Izmir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Turkey‘s Dangerous Game of ‘Hostage Diplomacy’: How an American pastor became a political pawn for Erdogan

    Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, has been imprisoned in Turkey for the last 18 months. He has lost 50 pounds in jail and has passed long periods locked up by himself. This is my deep dive into his story, worsening US-Turkey relations, and talks of retaliatory sanctions on capitol hill.

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    Mosque in Sur

    Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    As Ilisu Dam nears completion, Hasankeyf residents facing eviction

    Construction of the Ilisu dam is nearing completion. A new reservoir will soon begin to form in southeast Turkey that will submerge the ancient settlement of Hasankeyf, where some long-time residents and merchants will not get state relocation assistance.

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    Hasankeyf, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018

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    Refugee education in Turkey

    A breakdown of the good, the bad, and the innovative when it comes to refugee education in Turkey, a country hosting more than one million Syrian children - many of whom are likely to stay long-term.

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    Kurds protest Turkey’s Afrin offensive during Newroz celebrations

    Newroz festivities in Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city, Diyarbakir, were marked by anger and frustration over Ankara’s military operation in Afrin and the international community’s inaction.

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    Diyarbakir, Turkey - © Diego Cupolo 2018