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TIME-LAPSE OF A COUP

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    Left - Presidential Palace bombing by F-16 war jets at Ankara. Right - Muhammed (27) and his friend Kadir: "I love my flag and my country more than anything, I am ready to die for it."
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    Left - After the failed coup, citizens climb on the armored army cars. Right - After the coup, citizens assembled under the call of Erdogan, protesting the incident on the Bosphorus Bridge.
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    Left - Soldiers under surveillance. Right - A group of AKP supporters watch Erdogan’s speech while holding a large Turkish flag.
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    Left - A military helicopter landing on Besiktas stadium. Right - Kerim: "I want peace in the world."
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    Left - Soldiers captured the state television station and a script is read, announcing the coup. Right - Hatice (51) - “We are all here, the whole Turkey is here.”
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    Left - President of the republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan connects to the live broadcast of CNN TURK with Facetime and calls the citizens to the streets, to rally against the coup. Right - Two girls uploading their photos to social media.
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    Left - The interrogation of high-ranking soldiers who were taken into custody after the coup. Right - A woman listening to Erdogan's speech at Boshphorus Bridge.
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    Left - Erdogan giving a live press conference. Right - A woman attending to the protests after the coup.
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    Left -Military personnel are seen on the streets with their guns. Right - A scarf with Erdogan’s portrait.
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    Left - A civilian who was injured by military fire. Right - Davut (52) crying after Erdogan's speech on Taksim Square and says, "He is our everything; our president of the republic, our commander-in-chief, our big brother."
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    Left - Tanks on the Ankara streets. Right - Women who have stood guard for democracy in Taksim square for days.
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    Left - Ankara bombing by the war jets and helicopters. Right - Group of women listening to Uskudar mosque Imam’s speech.
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    Left - At CNN TURK's Istanbul studio, a live broadcast was cut by the soldiers and the studio is emptied. Right - Celal (41): "I will continue to be on duty in the squares against the coup plotters."
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    Left - Soldiers aiming on people, ready to shoot on the Bosphorus Bridge. Right - A group of men watch a AKP video on a screen on the Bosphorus Bridge.
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    Left - Tanks are seen on the streets during the coup. Right - People protesting the coup on Bosphorus Bridge after the call by Erdogan.
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    Left - A fire through a tank's shield. Right - A group of people listening to the Quaran during the protest on Bosphorus Bridge.
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    Left - Captured soldiers were taken to the municipality bus naked. Right - A man sleeps in a nearby park instead of going home after protests.
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    Left - A helmet of a civilian motorcycle that was crushed by a tank. Right - Turkish Flags and Erdogans portraits on the Taksim square.
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    Left - Civilians beat soldiers who ceased fire on Bosphorus Bridge. Right - A man protesting against the coup.
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    Left - Turkish Parliament Building bombing by the F-16 war jets. Right - A family protesting the coup attempt in Turkey.
Time-lapse of a Coup

On the night of July 15, 2016, soldiers took to the streets of Istanbul and Ankara and attempted to occupy strategic areas and crucial points of communication.

Answering the call of Erdogan, thousands of citizens also took to the streets and squares to oppose the coup d’état. They were everyday people, of every political affiliation, joining together in order to oppose a political change that could be brought about through the strength of the weapons.

These diptychs allow us to see, through a time-lapse, the faces of these ordinary citizens and the frantic moments of the coup when Turkey had decided its own destiny.

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