I am an independent journalist and photojournalist. I specialize in heritage, street photography, new media activism, civil rights and struggle for them. I look for human stories on wider political, social, or economic backgrounds. I work as a freelance photographer since 2002. After I settled in Turkey in 2011 I began cooperating with Italian daily “La Repubblica” and international media and agencies. I have covered the 2013-2014 mass protests in Turkey. I work on cultural heritage, local traditions (typical food, ethnic gastronomy, craftsmanship) and sea related topics (boat building and restoration, yacht racing, seafaring traditions). I pay special attention to social and economic issues in depressed areas, including those regarding displaced people, urban refugees, neglected suburbs and craftsmen in disappearing professions, always with an eye on local history. I am quite active on Twitter. I write in Italian and English, have photo and video capability.
Interview to a former Türk Hava Kurumu Canadair CL-215 pilot
The history of two families of winemakers farming an ancient vineyard by a mythological crater lake.
Civil society organizations train independent observers to assure regularity of Turkey's elections. (In Italian)
An analysis of how the so called "Gezi Protests" developed and eventually faded with a photo essay on the mass street demonstrations in Turkey's capital.
Italian photojournalist reports that a lone Turkish gunman shot Andrei Karlov dead in front of stunned media gathered for an exhibition. (In Italian)
Camel wrestling is a Turkish tradition that dates back almost 2,500 years. In a lot of ways it's like a goofier and less deadly version of cockfighting. I visited a fight recently and was able to sneak into the arena to get these shots
An interview to beloved and outspoken Turkish-Armenian rockstar Hayko Cepkin, on the anniversary of 1915 mass killings.
Questions and unresolved doubts still grip Turkey in the anniversary of the attempted coup, while purges continue.
Johnson is available 9:00-17:00 GMT Mon‑Fri, or by email 24/7