Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 People / Culture


  • Photographer
    Bahar Kural
  • Technical Info
    Camera: Sony Ilce-7rm3 Lens: Fe 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G Oss

Nowhere in the world is the identity of women more in crisis than in modern day Turkey: There are those who cover themselves in the cloak of Islam; those who are ultra-modern; and those who are caught in between. This photo is where I capture this third strata. These young ladies are sitting in a trendy café in Istanbul dressed in designer clothing. They are covered in head scarf and long jackets, yet their sophisticated aura match their surroundings. This is why I call this shot Camouflage: the instinctive need for Turkish women to adapt their mentality to the political pressures of Islam.

Bahar Kural is an award winning photographer specializing in abstract, street, architectural and documentary photography. Bahar has won 105 awards since she started entering prestigious international competitions in 2020. A native of Istanbul, Bahar lives in NYC with her two children where she runs her own full service real estate development firm. Bahar specializes in building small-scale developments from ground up and restoration projects in NYC and Turkey. Her passion for creating beautiful spaces goes hand-in-hand with her passion for creating unique photographic art.