Photog Posts Free-to-Share Photos of the Turkish Protests to Help Spread the Word


Charles Emir Richards is only a part-time photographer, but in the industry of photojournalism, being in the right place at the right time can be almost as important as photographic skill. And it’s this that Richards has in spades: the right place at the right time.

The protests currently going on in Turkey that have attracted national attention are happening right in Richards’ backyard. And as he’s amassed more and more photos of the clash between people and police, he’s taken to Facebook to share those photos freely, allowing anyone to use them in the name of spreading the word.


So far Richards has put up 76 photos from three separate protests on June 1st, 2nd and 4th. Some of the protests start out peaceful, with crowds expressing what it is they want. All of them, however, eventually seem to deteriorate into full-blown riots, with the majority of pictures backlit by fire and filled with smoke from police canisters.

Here are a few of the photos he’s posted on his Facebook page. It’s worth noting that because of the low light, many end up a touch blurry:







In an interview with NBC, the half-Turkish half-American Richards who has had photos published in Rolling Stone, Vogue and GQ explains why he’s willing to let people use his work for free in this particular case:

It has been the only means to get the word out about what is going on here recently. The news media here went blank on the issue, that’s when I thought I should go out and shoot and post on Facebook, I felt that a document should get out from somewhere, anywhere.

Until yesterday, the local media pretended that nothing was going on. On June 2, when everyone was on the streets engaging the police, CNN Turk was broadcasting a documentary about penguins.

To see more of Richards’ photos from the protests and riots in Istanbul, you can head over to his Facebook by clicking here.

(via NBC News)

Image credits: Photographs by Charles Emir Richards

  • Angelgreg

    I guess CNN Turkey is no different than CNN US when it come to not criticizing the government. Maybe there needs to be a FOX News Turk!

  • quty

    I’m glad that you mentioned what is happening here.
    Truth is, goverment ignores youth, freedom, and human rights.
    And we as young people, stand against goverment, police and media.
    Turkey is not an arabic country. but this goverment wants it to be like that.
    But we will not allow that.

  • Henri

    The reason why CNN Turk and other major news network didn’t broadcast the protests is not because they take sides with the government. It’s because they fear they will end up in the jail. Turkey is on the top of the list when it comes to countries with the highest number of journalists in prison. I don’t think anyone from either FOX News or CNN has ever been sent to jail in the US for criticizing the government. Media censorship is extremely heavy here, one little mistake and you’re imprisoned for life. And it’s not only about the protests, it happens all the time on all issues.

  • Grokular

    He’s sharing the pictures for free? Oh dear, don’t tell Cheri Frost!

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Because Fox News is a fountain of great information!