Call me Ci.

I was born in Beyoğlu, İstanbul on July 6th, 1986. I studied Italian Language And Literature at İstanbul University. Following that, I worked for advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director for many years. I was 28 when I discovered visual story-telling. I did music photography and photojournalism for a while, then I decided to focus solely on my own stories.
My work revolves around İstanbul and its psychogeography. Adopting documentary as a secondary function, I tell personal stories using the scenes of my city. My distinct colour palette is a derivation of the look of Italian giallos of ‘70s, and I take clues from the cinematography of classic horror films in my visual language — even though almost all of my photographs take place in the daytime.

I’m an affiliate of PLATFORM by GAPO. You can write to me at ci@cidemi.art.



Book

2022 Şehir Fikri (Notion of a City), Onagöre, In production

Long-Term Stories

Hepimiz Suzan’a Aşıktık (We Were All in Love with Suzan, 2022 - Ongoing)
Her Şeyin Kötü Gittiğine Dair Emareler (Signs That Everything Is Going Wrong, 2016 - 2022)
Unutursan Darılmam (I Won’t Be Upset If You Forget Me, 2019 - Ongoing)
Will the World End in the Daytime (2017 - 2019)

Short-Term Stories

Tourist of Disaster (2022 - Ongoing)
Ait (Belonging, 2022)
You Owe Me Another Life (2021)
Eminönü Blues (2020 - 2021)
Dark Blue Doors And Good Intentions (2020 - 2021)
How to Panic Gracefully (2020)
Fabric (2017)
How Long Is Your Stay (2017)
Awards & Accomplishments

2022 Nominee, Leica Oskar Barnack Award
2022 First place, "Streets of İstanbul" series category, Fotoistanbul
2022 Finalist, Discovery Awards, Encontros da Imagem
2021 Shortlist, 212 Photography İstanbul
Interviews & Features

British Journal of Photography (Feature, Print, 2022)
Booooooom (Feature, 2022)
212 Studio (Interview, 2022)
Der Grief (Feature, 2022)
Yogurt Magazine (Feature, 2022)
The Museum of Modern Art (Feature, 2022)
Bir Kare Bir Anlam (TRT 2, Documentary, 2022)
ERRR Magazine (Interview, 2022)
Art Unlimited (Editorial, 2022)
WePresent (Profile, 2022)
Anywhere Blvd (Interview, 2022)
Urbanautica (Interview, 2022)
Fisheye Magazine (Feature, 2022)
allcitiesarebeautiful (Interview, 2022)
Fotoğraf Konuşmaları (Podcast, 2021)
Nowness Asia (Feature, 2021)
Broad Magazine (Feature, 2021)
Noice Magazine (Feature, 2021)
Kaleydoskop (Interview, 2021)
AnOther Magazine (Feature, 2021)
Ain’t Bad (Feature, 2021)
Trendland (Interview, 2021)
C41 Magazine (Feature, 2021)
Subjectively Objective (Feature, 2021)
this isn’t happiness (Feature, 2021)
VSCO (Interview, 2019)
İstanbul Art News (Feature, Print, 2019)
Fabrika Zine (Feature, Print, 2018)
L'Œil de la Photographie (Feature, 2017)
GUP Magazine (Feature, 2017)
Clients

Reflect Studio (Commercial, 2022)
Frankie Magazine (Editorial, 2022)
Zorlu PSM (Editorial, 2018)
Simge Pınar (Single Cover, Editorial, 2018)
Deniz Tekin (Editorial, 2017)
Beaten Fame (Album Cover, Editorial, 2017)
Hasbro (Creative Direction, 2016)
Exess (Creative Direction, 2016)
shopi go (Creative Direction, 2016)
Sofar Sounds (Editorial, 2015 - 2018)
Yves Rocher (Editorial, 2014 - 2016)
Jãgermeister (Copywriting, 2012 - 2014)

Past Collaborations

140journos SO (2016 - 2018)
Editor / Photojournalist / Zorlu PSM Account Director

For I Am A Woman (Interactive, 2018)
Goes to the Mall (Photo-essay, 2018)
I Am Afraid of İstanbul (Serial, 2017)
Mourning (Video-essay, 2017)
Hurt Division (Photo-story, 2017)
Lila/c (Publication, 2017)
Mercury Curtain (Photo-story, 2016)
Neco Hacks the City (Photo-story, 2016)

Sofar Sounds Istanbul (2015 - 2018)
Staff Photographer

The Discovered (Portfolio, 2015 - 2018)