George Georgiou July 4, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Turkey.
Martyrs’ Day. Gillipoli, Turkey
George Georgiou (b. 1961, England) is a freelance photographer represented by Panos Pictures (UK) and Signatures (France). He has photographed extensively in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turkey for the last decade, living and working in Serbia, Greece, and, for the last four years in Istanbul. Georgiou’s work has focused on people caught between communities, cultures, and ideologies. He recently finished a book project about Turkey to be published by Mets & Schilts, called Fault Lines: East to West. His awards include two World Press Photo prizes for “The Serbs” 1st Portrait stories 2003 and “Flour War, 2nd Arts stories 2005” a Pictures of the Year International first prize for “Istanbul Bombs,” 2004 and a Nikon Press Award UK for best photo essay 2000. He recently moved back to London and started a new book project looking at the topography and migrations of London.
About the Photograph:
“This Photograph was taken on Martyrs’ day in Gallipoli, Western Turkey. I was really surprised when I arrived at Gallipoli because I had always associated Gallipoli with the failed Allied campaign against the Ottomans during the first World War and the image of English, French, Australians and New Zealand veterans commemorating their dead on Anzac day. For Turkey, Gallipoli is perceived as one of the most important defining moments in their history and laid the grounds for the Turkish war of Independence and the foundation of the Turkish Republic. They celebrate this victory, which cost the lives of over a 100,000 people, on March 18, marking the day in 1915 when the Allies launched their naval attack on the Dardanelles. For me the significance of this event in relation to the work I was doing about contemporary Turkey was how the central position of how the Military and Ataturk have continued to play in modern Turkey and in many ways is best symbolized on this day.”