About the Book
Black and white photo book....I walked with my analogue camera through the narrow streets where I met Kurds who moved from eastern Turkey into Tarlabasi in the 1990s. I sat outside with Roma women and watched the world go by. I spoke with migrants from neighbouring countries and from Africa. I fell in love with this place. I fell in love with Istanbul, with its people, and with a city where religious history remains multicultural.
I first developed my photographic eye in Montreal, where I studied photography at Dawson College. But Dawson Collage teaches commercial photography, and in any case I found that I was more comfortable wandering the streets with my camera than being locked up in a studio. Montreal’s streets were not enough for me, however, so I started to travel to different places. I became resolved to document the lives of people who are persecuted or neglected. In 1998, during the war in Kosovo, I encountered the Czech NGO, People in Need, and since then I have contributed to their efforts with my work. It’s very important for me to be involved in the environment that I am photographing. To be accepted by the people I photograph and to become one of them is a part of what I do. This takes time, but it allows me to be a privileged witness of social occasions and rituals that would otherwise be off-limits: births, baptisms, spiritual ceremonies, weddings and funerals.