silhouette istanbul street photography in color by pierre belhassen

Istanbul: To the city A photography project by Pierre Belhassen

“Looking at these pictures is an unsettling play of mirrors. The more I look at them, the more they look at me. They don’t testify, they have nothing to tell, but they still leave their mark.

By taking these pictures I do not mean to photograph life but to breathe life and light into images. Istanbul is much more than a city to me, it’s the home of memories.

A place with multiple borders where my childhood rests. This work is a confrontation, a pictorial quest for lost treasures where I build a bridge into the past to reveal a secret present; in them, time does not exist.

The photographic act offers me the possibility to hold back minute fragments of eternity. Here and now, I stop time to see further and harder.

In an ultimate revelation of the soul, I photograph in the manner that poems are written, trying reveal something within us.” – Pierre Belhassen

Monthly Photo Contest

Color film portrait photograph of a young woman by Michelle Marshall
© Michelle Marshall

2021 Portrait AWARD Deadline: 31 May 2021

"In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Portrait photography has one of the oldest and most interesting histories that harkens back to the early days of the medium. Through portraits of iconic figures or ordinary people, we discover a deep interest in others.

Recent works or gems from your archives, classic or experimental, and through any kind of storytelling: we want to discover the most powerful and captivating images of today’s portrait photography. We are open to all interpretations and want to see faces that gaze right into the soul!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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