A Diamond in the Rough 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 15:00 - Project News, Photo of the Day


Jülide Yaşar Soncu grew up in France but moved to Istanbul and started a small business. “I didn’t want to live in a country that doesn’t give equality of chance,” Jülide recalls of what began motivating her to look beyond France.


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The Actor as Bridge 
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 17:54 - Project News, Photo of the Day


Haydar Zorlu reached the top in Germany as an actor but decided to move to Istanbul to pursue his creative freedom.



“I was, and I am, part of two countries. In my case there is no difference and no border between both. I thought it was normal until I was about thirty-five,” he says with a laugh.


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Standing His Ground 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 17:49 - Project News


For my latest profile from Sweden we turn to an Iranian born member of Parliament to broaden our perspective on the immigrant experience.


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A Stranger in a Strange Land 
Friday, November 15, 2013, 14:39 - Project News


You can read the first profile I’ve written about Swedes of Turkish descent on Forbes.com!



Mikail was born in Sweden yet still doesn't feel Swedish.

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Europe's Lost Generation 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:28 - Project News


Starting today you can see what I’ve been up to over the past few months. Check out Forbes.com and start reading my latest series exploring the lives of Europeans of Turkish descent as they try to find a place in Europe’s social fabric.
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Dissent of the People 
Friday, October 18, 2013, 13:47 - Photo of the Day
Istanbul



Democracy requires dissent.
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Barricades 
Monday, September 30, 2013, 20:15 - Photo of the Day
Istanbul



Across the Bosporus.
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The Divide 
Friday, September 27, 2013, 11:32 - Photo of the Day
Istanbul


The distance between Asia and Europe is small yet vast
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Sunset on Barcelona's Knife Sharpeners 
Friday, September 6, 2013, 20:00 - Commentary
Barcelona

"Like it? No. But I have to eat," 77 year-old Erique, one of Barcelona's last knife sharpeners tells me when I ask why he continues to get up before dawn to ride his scooter around the city in search of customers. For more than forty years he has taken his mobile sharpening stand attached to his Vespa around Catalonia.



He says he continues to work because the pension available to him wouldn't support him. At the same time his customer base continues to shrink. Among the other knife sharpers all are well past retirement age. In an age of cheap knives from China that can be purchased at local stores it is hard to imagine that Enrique's profession will last much longer.



Unlike the tens of thousands of Spaniards who have fled the economic downturn fro greener, if not warmer pastures in Germany and Scandinavia men and woman like this knife sharpener are tied to their nation both by familial obligations as well as age.
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The Knife Sharper's Whistle 
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 10:59 - Shooting, Commentary
Barcelona

For months I had been hearing a peculiar whistle sound every few weeks. After some investigation it turned out that it was one of Barcelona's few remaining knife sharpeners.



Enrique started in his profession forty years ago at the urging of an uncle. At the time he worked in a factory earning the equivalent of five to seven euros a month. On a lark he went with his uncle one Sunday and earned a quarter of his monthly wage in just a day.

Riding his antique Vespa around Barcelona he says he has to get up earlier and drive farther for the few remaining customers he has which tend to be restaurants.

When you can buy a sharp knife from Ikea for five euros why spend two euros to have that same knife sharpened when it gets dull? Enrique is just one of many Spaniards being buffeted by the winds of economic change.
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Exhibition in Barcelona Tonight! 
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 08:56 - Personal, Events
Barcelona



If you happen to be in Barcelona today or tomorrow stop by the joint exhibition that I'm in! I will be screening the multimedia piece I create exploring European Pentecostalism and showing some rare color prints of my work here in Europe.

More info: http://www.homesession.org/03_news/2013 ... diane.html

The Evidence of Things Not Seen

The manifestation of faith or rather, its performance as evidence of the unknowable is the starting point for Damaso Reyes & Diane Sylvester's exhibition "The Evidence of Things Not Seen." The show explores how belief is experienced by individuals and groups in The United States and Europe as well as the dialectic between its intimate nature and the more expansive community that faith builds through the external presentation of internal experiences.

Diane Sylvester's video installation "Jesus Man" documents the steps of an individual who has become over the course of twenty years both a local institution and a street evangelist. Through his daily routine "Jesus Man" is a catalyst of community for what would otherwise be a disconnected and isolated collection of individuals in New York's Manhattan Valley neighborhood. Through this visual and aural experience Diane shares the ritual nature of a religious "performance" that over time exceeds its spiritual starting point.

Damaso Reyes presents an audio and photographic work "Speaking in Tongues" which is based on two years of documentary research examining the rites of Pentecostal churches in Catalonia, England and Ukraine. The images and sound explored how deeply personal and transcendental experiences of prayer is manifested in public expressions of faith. His still images from Spain, England and Ukraine are juxtaposed with the recorded sounds of Pentecostal worship services in Catalonia to allow the audience to temporarily witness how this faith is experienced by some of its most devout adherents.

Opening: Thursday, July 25- 2013, 19:30
Exhibition: 25/07 -> 27/07, 17:00-19:30 and by appointment
C/ Creu dels Molers 15. Barcelona. Metro Poble Sec


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Sign of This Time 
Thursday, July 11, 2013, 07:22 - Photo of the Day
Stockholm


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Above and Beyond 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 07:20 - Photo of the Day
Stockholm

If your tire of looking at your feet turn towards the stars...


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Big Gulp 
Sunday, July 7, 2013, 07:18 - Photo of the Day
Stockholm

There were many things I expected in Sweden. 7/11 is not one of them.


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Darkness falling 
Friday, July 5, 2013, 11:15 - Photo of the Day
Stockholm

So far and yet so close...

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