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Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

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Covering Gezi: Reflecting on Photographing Daily Life during Extraordinary Events

[28 May 2013. Police use tear gas to disperse a group who are standing guard in Istanbul's Gezi Park in an attempt to prevent the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality from demolishing the last remaining green public space in the center of the city. Photo by Tolga Sezgin/Nar Photos.]

[Text by Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, photos courtesy of Nar Photos.] After a few days, we asked one of our friends to go buy us some gas masks. He called and said there had been a run on them, and prices were up to 350–400 Turkish liras each (approximately $160–$220). We opted for some cheaper construction masks, and made do. But we had to learn how to cover such an event. We are not war photographers. Later in the evening, another member of the Nar Photos Collective ...

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Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

 

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is an anthropologist and assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at Macalester College. She is currently completing a manuscript, Image Brokers, on the production, distribution, and circulation of international news images and the changing culture of photojournalism. She is also the director and co-producer of Coffee Futures [Neyse Halim Ciksin Falim] (2009), the first in a series of short ethnographic films that explore contemporary Turkish politics through the prism of the everyday life of women.