Burhan Ozbilici

The son of a Turkish intellectual, Buhran Ozbilici has a solid humanistic education behind him. After his studies in French Literature and Journalism, he worked as a reporter at various newspapers in Turkey, among which was the English newspaper, "Turkish Daily News". He joined the Associated Press in 1989 and he has been working full-time for the agency since 1996. His services have covered the Gulf crisis in Saudi Arabia (1990), the first Gulf War, the exodus of the Kurds in Turkey and their return to Iraq after the conflict in 1991; he has also witnessed the devastating earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan, and also received commissions in Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Cyprus, France, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Syria. In his home country, he has followed all the major events of the last twenty years, including the failed military coup in July 2016. In December of the same year, during an unexpected visit to the Contemporary Art Center of Ankara, he captured the terrorist attack which resulted in the death of the Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov, a real-time witness to the madness and the fear of our age. The shot of the murderer Mevlut Mert Altintas a few moments after the killing, in particular, earned him first prize at the World Press Photo 2017. Alongside travel, art and literature, he viscerally loves his three cats Koc, BoBo and Binnaz.

(photo: Twitter @BurhanOzbilici)

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