My name is Mustafa Cankaya. I’m a stage and portrait photographer from Istanbul and also work at Ataturk Airport. The diversity of people who are transiting through the airport gave me the idea to start this project that I named ‘100faces100countries’. Istanbul has always been a transition point throughout the history for its unique location and, today, Ataturk Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. The main object of this project is to take pictures of 100 portraits from 100 different countries. I’m taking 2 pictures of each attendee, the first one is a just face portrait, staring forward into camera and second one is their current situation at the airport (such as reading a book, waiting for the flight, drinking coffee, etc.)
So far I have 21 portraits from 20 different countries and I will continue the project with the hope of having an exhibition of 100 different countries.
More info: Instagram
The collage of 21 faces; 20 countries
#1 Ivory Coast
#1 Eric from Ivory Coast
This guy made me feel like I’m taking pics of Jamie Foxx, thanks Eric for the pose.
#2 Adelya from Uzbekistan
Adelya is actually living in Switzerland, she had just a short time for the shooting before her flight to Geneva.
#3 USA / Illinois
#3 Wendie from USA / Illinois
Her tattoo made me ask Wendie to take a picture of her and I loved the result.
#4 Luca from Italy
Luca killing time at Atatürk Airport while solving puzzles
#5 Khadija from Morocco
We didn’t speak the same language with Khadija but there is always a way to understand each other.
#6 Jaja from Mali
Jaja had some time for me after his lunch to shoot his unique local style from Mali.
#7 Fatime from Cameroon
Fatime is actually studying in the States, she had a long layover before her flight to Cameroon.
#8 South Korea
#8 Seon Jun from South Korea
Seon Jun had vacation at Egypt with his cat in the pink bag. Now heading back to Seoul
#9 Quentin from France
Quentin is running a rafting company in South France. Traveling together with his friends.
#10 Prof Al-Ahmad from Syria
Prof Al-Ahmad is currently teaching physics in Göteborg.
#11 Ana from Slovenia
Ana is flying to New Delhi for yoga classes, good luck over there.
#12 Benson from Bermuda
Benson is one of the 63779 habitants in Bermuda & I had the chance to meet him for my project. Lucky me 🙂
#13 Gabriella from Brazil
Happily Gabriella understood my Spanish 🙂 she was traveling to Germany with her friend.
#14 the Netherlands
#14 Simon from the Netherlands
Simon, the playwright from the Netherlands supposed to write about me.
#15 Zamu from Uganda
Zamu is waiting for her flight to US. As it is seen waiting could be boring sometimes.
#16 Beatrice from Sweden
Beatrice went to Golomolo in Uganda. I love the people who are working for NGO’s
#17 UK / Wales
#17 Geraint from UK / Wales
I later discovered that Geraint is a director :O
#18 Siamene from Haiti
Siamene just arrived from Bulgaria heading to motherland Haiti for vacation.
#19 Agboola from Nigeria
This cool guy is from Nigeria,he’s got the style.
#20 Melissa from Canada
Having a filter coffee before her flight to Miami