Photographer Buraksa Akpinars photographs and writes about Turkey’s black history and its history of genocide.
He recently published an anthology titled Black & white Photography of Turkey: From Genocide to Democracy, which explores how photography has shaped Turkey’s history.
This photo essay, which was published in the October 2016 issue of The New York Times, will be published in an upcoming issue of Black &White Photography, which will be released on October 30.
The article also looks at some of the major figures who were black in Turkey’s early history, including Akpinarak, his friend and mentor Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and others.
The author explains how his photography has helped bring to light this story.
“This photo essay is not only about the photographers, but also about the people who were in Turkey at the time and their impact on the country and its people,” Akpinaris explains.
“They were all different, but they all played an important role.”
In the introduction to the anthology, Akpinari writes: “I’ve wanted to write about Turkey for a long time, and I feel that the time is right now for my essay to be published.
The story of Turkey’s people is very important, but there is no one who has created this history for us.”
In this photo essay Akpinaria talks about the history of his work. _____