istanbul masterclass

In March 2014, the NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography took place in Istanbul, Turkey. Fourteen young professional photographers hailing from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey shared experiences and their work with NOOR photographers Andrea Bruce, Benedicte Kurzen, Jon Lowenstein, Stanley Greene, and NOOR’s managing director Evelien Kunst.

“As photographers we have a big responsibility to inherit the stories of the people that we photograph,” said Benedicte Kurzen during her presentation. “We have to ask ourselves how we represent the countries that we are covering and realize what is the perception at the end of the road for the audience back home.”

During the five intensive days at SALT Galata, the group collectively reviewed their portfolios, listened to presentations by the photographers, held in-depth discussions on ethical, practical, and creative issues, and edited the participants’ work prepared beforehand on the theme of FRAGILE.

“It has been a great experience editing my work with Andrea and the other participating photographers,” said Achilleas Zavallis from Cyprus. “Having the input from these photographers with diverse backgrounds, coming from different countries, gave me a new perspective on my own work. Being able to get their collective knowledge helps me to look at my work with a fresh set of eyes.”

Read more about this masterclass on NOOR’s blog.

On this page you will find a showcase of the participants’ work.

Below you will find a video of the last day of the masterclass, created by Kürşat Bayhan.



This NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography was made possible with the generous support of Nikon. The masterclass was organized in collaboration with Genis Aci Project Office.

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selected participants

Achilleas Zavallis
Ali Arkardy
Azniv Andreasyan
Carole Alfarah
Giorgi Shengelia
Hossein Salmanzadeh
Kürşat Bayhan
Mehran Hamrahi
Nadia Bseiso
Natalie Naccache
Özge Sebzeci
Serpil Polat
Sitara Ibrahimova
Yasaman Dehmiyani

tutor team

Andrea Bruce, Benedicte Kurzen, Jon Lowenstein, Stanley Greene, and NOOR’s managing director Evelien Kunst as a moderator.
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