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Photograph by Serkan Çolak

Image Title: Election

Paper Dimensions (H x W): 12 x 16 inches

Image Dimensions (H x W): 12 x 16 inches

Medium: Digital Inkjet Print

Year Created: 2011


Image Description:

May 29, 2011. Izmir, Turkey.

In Turkey, a 10 percent threshold is applied in elections, with Kurds entering elections as independent candidates in order to be eligible for deputies.

This photo was taken from the election car of Mehmet Tanhan, one of the Kurdish independent candidates for parliament. Mehmet Tanhan ended up losing the election by a slight margin of difference. Recently, Mehmet Tanhan was sentenced to 9 years in prison, representative of hundreds of Kurdish politicians in Turkey.

This image is the recipient of the 2nd Year Yilmaz Guney Culture and Art Festival Photo Award, 2012.

Photographer's Bio:

Serkan Çolak was born in Balikesir, Turkey. After living in several regions of Turkey, he settled in Izmir in 2005.

He has been interested in documentary photography since then. His projects deal with the process of urbanization, issues surrounding cultural diversity and human rights in Turkey.

He is the co-founder of photo collective MahzenPhotos and No 238.

Donated By Serkan Çolak