Successive waves of internal migration have defined the social structure of large Turkish cities. Fleeing the poverty, harsh climates and political and ethnic tensions of the East, the exiles photographed by Kursat Bayhan in a seedy hotel in the Eminönü district of Istanbul, are mostly men, some of them unbelievably young, crammed together in bare rooms, roaming the busy streets and regaining their strength with big, full glasses of tea. His portraits alternate between close-ups and wider shots showing parts of the city, dilapidated, fragile, covered in snow.
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