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.

When I posted my project on Bored Panda in May 2018, it was published by German, Portugese, French, Bulgarian and Turkish media.

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


More info: Instagram

#1 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!


Elizabeth Molloy 1 week ago

Great photo!

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#2 Nicole From Ukraine

Nicole From Ukraine

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


Joanne 1 week ago

I love the tattoo in her neck, looks so pretty, it has kind of a traditional lace scarf kinda feel.

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#3 Freya From Scotland

Freya From Scotland

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


J 1 week ago

Braided pig tails are cool no matter who wears them

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#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.


Night Owl 1 week ago

In the first picture he looks like he could be playing in Game of Thrones

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#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.


Blacksheep 1 week ago

Those hairs!!!! So beautiful! I wish I had such a great mane even though it must be a pain in the ass to take of them when it's a windy day and they get all tangled.

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#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.


Glynis Lailann 1 week ago

Love his jacket.

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#8 Kavinthida From Thailand

Kavinthida From Thailand

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


Shazza 1 week ago

Her skin is flawless, so beautiful

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#9 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.


birdhouse 1 week ago

A lot of the women I see from Estonia are stunningly beautiful.

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#10 Sara From Tanzania

Sara From Tanzania

Sara was in Barcelona for holidays. I really love the natural look in this picture.


Sarcastic Cow 1 week ago

What a beautiful woman

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