Kürşat Bayhan


1981 Born in Malatya.
Lives and works in Istanbul.


Kürşat Bayhan worked most of the conflict zones Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Palestine and Lebanon. In 2014 he published his book "Away from Home". Bayhan received the "Best Photography Book" award from Time magazine and Photo District News Editors Annual in 2014. In the same year, he also received Grand Asian Photographer Award Photocity Sagamihara in Japan. He was nominated for Ones to Watch issue by British Journal of Photography in UK and awarded the Grand Jury Prize by Japan International Photographers Association. Recently, he is more involved stories of Turkey. Bayhan currently lives and works in Istanbul.

“In 2014, ISIS conducted attacks in many Iraqi and Syrian cities, including Sinjar, in Iraq and Kobane, in Syria. When ISIS took the control of Sinjar, the lives of its people changed significantly. ISIS killed hundreds of Yazidis and kidnapped many women, forcing them into (sexual) slavery. The ones, who were lucky to flee, sheltered in the mountains nearby Sinjar with very few supplies. They struggled with hunger and thirst for many days. After days of starvation, some Yazidis tried to leave the mountains with the help of security the corridor under very difficult conditions. These waterbottles belong to the families who were able to flee to Turkey and more secure areas in Iraq.”

– Kürşat Bayhan

“Bayhan approaches his work by trying to answer the questions in his mind with photographs: ‘Sometimes a social, sometimes an environmental problem provokes me to start a new project. Any kind of story focused on human relations, migration, poverty, the environment and conflicts attracts me.’”

–  To Find a Language, Ilgın Deniz Akseloğlu, exhibist magazine issue 5.