Being a Photojournalist in the Corona Days

Ercan Arslan

Ercan Arslan

Ercan Arslan

Ercan Arslan

Ercan Arslan who was born in 1970, graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Photography in 1997. He completed his master's degree in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2019. Arslan, who has been working as a Photojournalist and Photo Editor in Milliyet Newspaper since 1995, gives a lecture on "Press Photography" at the Photography Department of MSGSÜ Photography Department, YTU. In 2013, Arslan prepared and presented a 21-episode television program named "Now Photography Time" on World Travel Channel. Photo Exhibitions, Touching to East / South Korea, Women on the Screen / İstanbul, Goods Bazaar / Bursa Awards, Turkey Journalists' Society "Photographer of the Year" award, Turkey Photo Journalists Association "European Union" award, Getty Images Achievement Award Ercan Arslan is member of Turkey Journalists’ Society, Turkey Photo Journalists Association and honorary member of IFSAK.

Visual witnesses of the time, photojournalists who are in an effort to write history with their cameras, work by risking their own health at the most sensitive and critical points due to the corona virus (covid-19) epidemic that shook the world. They have duties and responsibilities to show and tell other people what happened during the epidemic via photopraphing. Perhaps during this pandemic period, most people saw, appreciated and applauded healthcare professionals' unique struggle in the hospital corridors through the lens of Photojournalists.

As a photojournalist, it was a great opportunity and privilege to be on the street in Istanbul, the most beautiful city in the world, during the corona days. I also think it was my responsibility to witness the streets with photos, where millions of people pass by every day, suddenly become silent due to the epidemic and people locked in their homes.

I wanted to applaud and underline the efforts of the photojournalists who own the photos, which I think will return to the archaeological excavation area in the future, during the corona process. I took photos of the photojournalists with masks, centering the Galata Bridge, where the heart of Istanbul beats in my opinion.

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