Call me Ci Demi. I make stories about İstanbul with my point-and-shoot camera.
I was born in Beyoğlu, İstanbul in 1986. I studied Italian Literature at İstanbul University. After that, I worked for advertising agencies as a copywriter and creative director for 10 years.
I was 28 when I discovered photography. I did music photography and photojournalism for 5 years, then I decided to do my own thing. 
My work is focused on social documentary and personal stories about İstanbul. For inspiration, I enjoy watching paintings and listening to horror stories.
I'm an affiliate of PLATFORM by GAPO.
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2022 Şehir Fikri (Notion of A City), Onagöre, In production
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
Selected Exhibitions
2022 Bazı Sokaklar Diğerlerinden Daha Büyüktür (Some Streets Are Bigger Than Others) / Fotoistanbul
2022 #MoMAPhotoClub / The Museum of Modern Art (Select subway stations), New York City
2022 Arafta Bir Beyoğlu (Beyoğlu in Limbo) / TMMOB Mimarlar Odası, İstanbul / Curated by Eda Yiğit
2022 Kolektif Üretim (Peer Production) / Kolektif House, İstanbul / Curated by Begüm Güney Eyit
2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Jimei x Arles International Photography Festival, Xiamen
2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Galerie Paris-B, Paris
2018 A Pillar of Smoke / Les Rencontres d’Arles / Curated by Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu & Yann Perreau
2017 Non-manifesto (Video Installation) / Fotoistanbul / Selection & text by Ci Demi
2017 Postcards from Tarlabaşı / Pasaj, İstanbul / Curated by Giorgio Caione & Christian Oxenius
2015 The Discovered / Sofar Sounds Festival, İstanbul / Selection by Ci Demi
Interviews & Features
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)
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)
O'Clotho (Commercial, 2022)
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)