Narayan Mahon May 25, 2009Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cyprus.
Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus 2008
Narayan Mahon (b. 1980, United States) is a Seattle based editorial and commercial photographer. Narayan earned a Master’s of Science degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University. He has recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to continue working in Somaliland and selected as a winner of Magenta Foundation’s 2009 Flash Forward- Emerging Photographers and participated at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007. Narayan’s clients include Crowne Plaza Hotels and Nike and his editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and powerHouse Magazine, among others. Narayan’s personal work include Lands in Limbo, an ongoing book project about unrecognized countries.”
About the Photograph:
“This photograph was made during a trip to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in Lefkosa, the capital, in April 2008. Lefkosa (Nicosia in Greek) is the last divided capital in the world, split down the middle by a “Green Zone” administered by the United Nations. This image respresents the no-man’s land that cleaves the city, creating an emptiness in the heart of the island. The evening this image was made, celebrations were happening on both sides of the city. Both Greeks and Turks were embracing the opening of a symbolic border crossing on Ledra Street, first closed and walled-off nearly 40 years ago, when the island split apart. The opening sparked optimism for reunification, which has since faded. The trip to Northern Cyprus was a part of an ongoing long term project documenting unrecognized countries. In addition to Northern Cyprus, the project includes Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh, Somaliland and Transdniestra.”