Friday 10 April 2015 - Eye witness
"It’s commonplace among Istanbul residents to complain about the pace of change in the city," writes AFP journalist Stuart Williams. "Too much unchecked construction, too much traffic, too many new infrastructure projects, people say. Yet everyone still knows a place that for them is the soul of the city. For me, the easiest way to feel the soul of Istanbul is on the water. On one of the commuter ferries that ply their way on the Bosphorus."
(Photo: AFP / Bulent Kilic)
Friday 27 March 2015 - Eye witness
"I travelled to Kobane a day before Newroz, the Kurdish New Year, and stayed for a week to photograph people returning to their homes, two months after the Kurds recaptured the town from Islamic State fighters," writes the photographer Yasin Akgul. "The last time I was here, just after the Islamists were chased out, the place was strewn with burning cars and corpses. Eight percent of the town is destroyed, But two months on, there are signs of normal life beginning to resume."
(Photo: AFP / Yasin Akgul)
Thursday 12 February 2015 - Short Stuff
The Turkish AFP photographer Bulent Kilic clinched two awards at the prestigious World Press Photo photojournalism awards, whose top prize went to Denmark’s Mads Nissen for an image of a gay couple in Russia. Bulent Kilic took first prize in the “Spot news” category for his image of a young woman injured during clashes between police and demonstrators on Istanbul’s Taksim Square in March 2014.
(Photo: AFP/Bulent Kilic)
Wednesday 28 January 2015 - Eye witness
"We've been waiting for two days to get into Kobane, ever since Kurdish fighters wrested back the town from IS jihadists. Finally, this morning, the Turkish authorities say they will allow us access for a few hours," writes AFP photographer Bulent Kilic. "When this all started, I was watching Kobane from the outside. The bombing, the fighting, it was like hell. After all this, to enter the city, for the fight to be over, that is powerful for me too."
(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)
Wednesday 31 December 2014 - Behind the image
“These two faces tell the story of Turkey’s deadliest ever industrial disaster,” writes Bulent Kilic, who captured this embrace between a father and his son, rescued from a horrific death after a mine blast left hundreds trapped underground.
(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)
Saturday 25 October 2014 - Behind the image
(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic)
A black flag torn down
Bombs launched by Western aircraft strike an Islamic State group position on the Tilsehir hill, west of the Syrian town of Kobane, on October 23, 2014. AFP video reporter Mostafa Abulezz tells the story behind these impressive images.
Thursday 16 October 2014 - Eye witness
In the days before the conflict it was known to local gossips as the "love hill", a place where courting couples would come to chat and even flirt, away from prying eyes. But when Kobane became the focus of global attention this small bump of land by the Turkish border crossing of Mursitpinar became a magnet for the world's media. AFP reporter Fulya Ozerkan spent days there, watching the bitter fighting between the Islamic State group (IS) militants and Kurdish fighters for the Syrian town located just on the other side of the border.
(AFP Photo / Aris Messinis)
Tuesday 7 October 2014 - Behind the image
AFP Photo / Aris Messinis
Black flag over Kobane
Fighters keep watch under the black flag of the Islamic State group on a hill to the east of the Syrian town of Kobane. AFP photographer Aris Messinis shot the picture early in the afternoon on Monday, October 6 from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar, just across the border. Its unusual composition and the fact that the militants' silhouettes seem out of proportion to other elements led some AFP clients to call the agency to check it was real.
It was. Here is the explanation.
Wednesday 21 May 2014 - Eye witness
AFP journalist Ambre Tosunoglu is a French woman of Turkish descent. Despite her ties to the country -- and the fact that Turkish was her first language -- she said things have gotten more difficult for reporters working for foreign outlets in Turkey.
Wednesday 12 March 2014 - Behind the image
"It feels like things could explode at any time -- with one crisis following another, it's very tense," writes AFP’s Istanbul bureau chief Philippe Alfroy.
Renewed unrest on the streets of Turkey following this week’s death of a teenage demonstrator is likely to add to pressure on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government has been rocked by an escalating corruption.
Tuesday 5 November 2013 - Behind the image
Syrian refugees go hungry in Istanbul park
More than 600,000 Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring Turkey since conflict broke out in their country in March 2011. About a third of them are crowded into about 20 camps near the border, with the remainder spread across Turkey. In recent months, more and more of them have been seen in Istanbul. AFP photographer Bulent Kilic saw the increasing desperation of some of these people in an Istanbul park.
Friday 11 January 2013 - Debriefing
Whatever history’s judgment on the virtues and effectiveness of Turkey’s current leadership, for a reporter covering the day-by-day evolution of this gateway nation – the tectonic plate between Europe and the Middle East – they are certainly newsworthy. AFP senior correspondent Michel Sailhan, winding down a four-year tour of duty as our bureau chief in Ankara, reflects on Turkey’s recent past and possible futures. (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)
Tuesday 17 April 2012 - Eye witness
AFP terrorism expert Michel Moutot, recipient of France’s Prix Albert Londres in 1999 for his reporting from Kosovo, recently slipped into Syria from Turkey, along with photographer Frederic Lafargue, to get a firsthand view of the conflict there. One of the trickiest parts of the assignment was getting in and out of the strife-torn nation. (AFP Photo/Frederic Lafargue)