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

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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!

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Elizabeth Molloy 8 months ago

Great photo!

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Nicole From Ukraine

Nicole From Ukraine

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

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Joanne 8 months 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.

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sharron lynn parsons 8 months ago

So very attractive !!!

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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.

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Night Owl 8 months ago

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

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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.

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#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.

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Blacksheep 8 months 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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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.

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Glynis Lailann 8 months 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.

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Shazza 8 months ago

Her skin is flawless, so beautiful

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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.

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birdhouse 8 months 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.

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Sarcastic Cow 8 months ago

What a beautiful woman

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Indrė From Lithuania

Indrė From Lithuania

Indrė was heading to California to spend her summer there.

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Holly Hofmann 8 months ago

She has the most beautiful facial structure.

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Sara From Iran

Sara From Iran

Happy to have Sara in the project! She studies dentistry and design in Moscow.

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Alex Craig 8 months ago

It's so wonderful to see such a diversity of wonderful people on this planet.

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Idris From Nigeria

Idris From Nigeria

Idris is a fashion stylist from Nigeria. You can hire him both in Nigeria and Kenya! He travels a lot and we met just before his flight to New York.

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Mother Mary Helen 8 months ago

Classy fella right there

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Christophe From Belgium

Christophe From Belgium

His T-shirt rocks! It even made me ask Christophe to join the project.

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Mother Mary Helen 8 months ago

METALLICA!!! Go Christophe

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Katirina From Bulgaria

Katirina From Bulgaria

Katirina was on work & travel program at New Jersey with her friend. I met them on the way back to Bulgaria.

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Komal Aprajita Pandey 8 months ago

model like features

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May From Lebanon

May From Lebanon

May loves to travel. She volunteered at a refugee camp and was on the way to Egypt for work.

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Ruby Brook 8 months ago

she has a cool style

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Sebastian From Poland

Sebastian From Poland

Sebastian's last adventure was the trip to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan. He climbed to the Peak Korzhenevskaya which is 7105 m high and it took him 8 days. He was there at the same time (13th August) when the helicopter crash happened and three Russian climbers and two Tajik pilots died in the accident.

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Taryn Wallace 8 months ago

He is stunning

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#18

Jargal From Mongolia

Jargal From Mongolia

I have met Jargal before her flight to Ulaanbaatar. She studies in Frankfurt, Germany.

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ravina nimje 8 months ago

I loved her makeup, feels like she ate strawberries.

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Gorana From Serbia

Gorana From Serbia

Gorana was having a quick drink before her flight to Belgrade.

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Komal Aprajita Pandey 8 months ago

she is georgeous

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#20

Frankie J From England

Frankie J From England

Frankie J is one of the best house dancers on the planet. We have met before at Istanbul Street Dance Carnival. He was the judge for House Dance contest and I was a photographer there.

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Harper 8 months ago

He is beautiful

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#21

Paris From United States

Paris From United States

Her full name is Paris London. What a beautiful name! She had lovely holidays in Greece and was heading home.

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Bluebell Rizzi 8 months ago

Beautiful

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#22

Rahma From Tunisia

Rahma From Tunisia

Rahma is a sports teacher. She was on the way to Romania.

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sunnyrei82 8 months ago

Love her smile!

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#23

Lubna From Egypt

Lubna From Egypt

Lubna is a psytrance Dj from Egypt. She lives in Sharm el Sheikh.

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Avonlea Arnette 8 months ago

Stunning

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#24

Ed From Kenya

Ed From Kenya

Ed has both British & Kenya nationalities. He was waiting for his flight to Nairobi country.

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sunnyrei82 8 months ago

Good looking man.

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#25

Aldar From Russia

Aldar From Russia

Aldar grew up in United Kingdom and still lives in London.

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Blacksheep 8 months ago

Love how he styles his beard, stylish and beautiful. And those arms!!! Looking strong.

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Luna From Chile

Luna From Chile

Luna had holidays with her friends in Kenya. She lives in Germany.

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Daniella Horta 8 months ago

wena shoooraaaa!!!

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Daria From Ukraine

Daria From Ukraine

Daria had a flight to China for the next model shooting.

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Komal Aprajita Pandey 8 months ago

it seemed like she is posing before i found she's really a model

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#28

Gerd From Denmark

Gerd From Denmark

Gerd denied my offer to participate in my project at first. But, she had enough time to think about it when she was in Niger! When she came back, she explained that she liked the way this project connects people from all over the world. We met again on her way back to Denmark and had enough time for a photoshoot and a conversation.

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Twenty øne doggos 8 months ago

Photobomb!

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#29

Anja From Slovenia

Anja From Slovenia

Anja is the third face from Slovenia and as you see Slovenians travel a lot! I’ll probably meet half of the country until the end of the project.

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John Kamau 8 months ago

Everything in you is well balanced and perfect

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Miljana From Serbia

Miljana From Serbia

Miljana is a tattoo artist. She was having holidays with her boyfriend.

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birdhouse 8 months ago

Front view looks a little like Scarlett Johansson.

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Jacob From Sweden

Jacob From Sweden

Jacob is a medical student from Sweden. He was on the way to Sudan with a group of international students.

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Elizabeth Molloy 8 months ago

Those green eyes!

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Ilya From Russia

Ilya From Russia

Ilya Varlamov is one of the most famous bloggers & reporters from Russia. He was preparing a video for his YouTube channel when we met. Thanks to Ilya, most of the project followers are from Russia.

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Sayan Kmk 8 months ago

I can't believe. This guy is a famous travel blogger in Russia.

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#33

Martina From Austria

Martina From Austria

Thanks for spreading love Martina!

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birdhouse 8 months ago

Love Austrians!

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#34

Florencia From Argentina

Florencia From Argentina

Florencia is a forensic anthropologist. She works for the Red Cross and her last destination was Georgia.

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Nikki D 8 months ago

Does no one wear makeup there? So suprised at all the freshly scrubbed faces! I feel like I could get used to this.

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#35

Sadeem From Pakistan

Sadeem From Pakistan

Sadeem studies Global Development in the University of Copenhagen. He loves to play his guitar as a hobby.

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Galeanthropy2017 8 months ago

Gorgeous man

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Boubakar From Niger

Boubakar From Niger

Boubakar is the leader of the pilgrim group. I met him on his way back to Hajj.

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Nikki D 8 months ago

Striking

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#37

Barkinado From Senegal

Barkinado From Senegal

Barkinado is a Senegalese painter and he has an upcoming exhibition at France La Motte-Servolex.

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birdhouse 8 months ago

100% chill.

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#38

Mustapha From Morocco

Mustapha From Morocco

Mustapha is a member of the band called Daraa Tribes. Their music is a fusion of the ancestral tribal music of the Draa Valley with the Sahara blues specific to the city of Tagounite (an oasis in the heart of the Moroccan dessert)

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John Kamau 8 months ago

Finally, i see where they got that THANOS jaw bone... Very nice

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#39

Simon Cheng From Taiwan

Simon Cheng From Taiwan

Photographer Simon Cheng was documenting the refugees in Slovenia. When we met, he was heading to Northern Irak where the refugees are coming from. Hope to meet him on his way back to hear his story!

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Glynis Lailann 8 months ago

Interesting project. Thanks for sharing.

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Sophie From France

Sophie From France

Sophie plays her guitar as a hobby. When I met her, she was waiting for her flight to Lebanon. She has chosen a good destination to learn Arabic!

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Bluebell Rizzi 8 months ago

She's stunning

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#41

Michele From Germany

Michele From Germany

Michele had a holiday in Phuket and was heading back to Berlin.

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birdhouse 8 months ago

Love the eye makeup.

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#42

Philip Chang From South Korea

Philip Chang From South Korea

Chang with his friend arrived to Sweden. We met on their way back to Seoul.

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Willow G 8 months ago

He's adorable !

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#43

Mr. Dheo From Portugal

Mr. Dheo From Portugal

We met with Mr. Dheo after my project was published on Portuguese newspaper. He was in Dubai and wrote me that he will transit via Istanbul. We made an appointment for the shooting session and had an excellent outcome.

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João Ferreira 8 months ago

Just when I thought I wouldn't see anyone from Portugal you go and meet with our boy. www.mrdheo.com

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#44

Takeshi From Japan

Takeshi From Japan

Takeshi is an architect and fashion designer from Japan. He designed his dress which was inspired by the Arabic dress called thawb.

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NWB 8 months ago

So many travelers are creative folks!!

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