Mustafa Çankaya Project 100 Faces 100 Countries, Unique People Photography


Mustafa Çankaya Project 100 Faces 100 Countries, Unique People Photography

My name is Mustafa Çankaya and I’m a photographer from Istanbul who also works at Atatürk Airport.

I see thousands of different faces passing by everyday, from every culture and every part of the world. It is like a treasure for a photographer like me! This inspired me to combine my passion for photography with my work at the airport and create a new project called “100 Faces 100 Countries”.

Almost everyday I walk around the transit section of the airport trying to find the right face. The person that I decide to shoot has to be different in some way. It could be the hairstyle or the dress but the most important is the atmosphere between me and the participant.

I have started my project in March 2018 and currently I have 117 portraits from 77 different countries. I will continue my project with the hope of having an exhibition of 100 different countries.

I love how this project connects the world in one place!

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#1 Nicole From Ukraine

Nicole From Ukraine


Nicole is a tattoo artist from Odessa. She was starting a tour in Europe for tattoo lovers.

#2 Ibrahim Zethy From Rwanda
Ibrahim Zethy From Rwanda

This is what happens if you meet a dancer from Rwanda at the airport. Thanks to Ibrahim Zethy!

#3 Freya From Scotland

Freya From Scotland

Freya studies Human Sciences at University of Oxford. She was flying to Kenya for her studies.

#4 Bash From Lebanon
Bash From Lebanon

Bash arrived from the Burning Man festival, the dust is still on his shoes. He is a percussion artist playing djembe drum.

#5 Jussi From Finland
Jussi From Finland

Jussi owns a tattoo studio in Helsinki. We met before his flight to Africa. He was going to have a long journey to the middle of the jungle.

#6 Shayma From Kuwait
Shayma From Kuwait

Shayma was following the project before we met. She wrote me between her connecting flight to Greece. She studies medicine in Malta and also volunteers for refugees in Athens.

#7 Frédéric From France

Frédéric From France

Frédéric is a teacher in Nigeria. After 2 months summer vacation he was flying back to start the new semester. By the way, the jacket is his own design.

#8 Parl From Estonia

Parl From Estonia

Parl is a heptathlete from Estonia. Hereby I’ve learned that “hepta” means seven in Greek. We have met before her flight Houston.

#9 Kavinthida From Thailand

Kavinthida From Thailand

Kavinthida had holidays in Denmark. She had a very long layover.

#10 Indrė From Lithuania

Indrė From Lithuania

Indrė was heading to California to spend her summer there.

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