Emin Özmen studied physics at 19 Mayıs University in Samsun, before moving on to photographic studies in the fine arts faculty at Marmara University in Istanbul. In 2008, he published two photobooks, "Humans of Anatolia" and "Microcredit Stories in Turkey", a collection of stories on women who were able to access a microcredit in Turkey. That same year, he obtained a degree in media photography and documentary (photography) at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria.
In 2011, his work on drought in Somalia was published in a book and he worked on the disaster of Tohoku Earthquake and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he covered the Syrian civil war and ISIS crises in Iraq. Since 2012, Emin Özmen is working on his longterm project "Limbo - Les Limbes" and has undertaken a long work of photographic documentation with the populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. He has traveled many times to Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Italy and France to meet people who were forced into becoming “refugees”.
His work has been published by TIME magazine, The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Der Spiegel, Guardian, Le Monde magazine, L’Obs, Paris Match, among others. One of his pictures was selected by TIME as their Top 10 Photographs of the Year 2013.
Emin Ozmen has won several awards, amongst them two World Press Photo awards and Public Prize of The Bayeux Calvados awards for war correspondents. In 2015, he received a Magnum Photos Fund to complete his long-term project about the refugee crisis (Limbo - Les Limbes).
In 2016, Emin is a member of the jury of 2016 World Press Photo Multimedia contest.
He currently lives in Istanbul and continues his work as a photojournalist at Agence Le Journal.
2015 - Magnum Photos - Ideastap Documentary Photogr Grant, 2015 - IPA International Photography Awards , 2014 - World Press Photo, 2014 - Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre, 2014 - Turkey Photojournalists Association Special Award, 2014 - RIFF Rome Independent Fılm Festival, 2014 - New York Press Club, Spot news photo award, 2013 - World Press Photo Contest, 2013 - Frontline Club Photojournalism awards finalist, 2013 - Turkey Photojournalists Association Special Award, 2016 - Turkey Photojournalists Association
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Turkish Syrian Border
Like every day since weeks, Kurdish Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border their families remained in Kobani. Suruc - Turkey, september 2014...In September 2014, ISIS started to attack Kobani and besieged the city on October 2014.
Interrogation in Aleppo
July 31, 2012
A man suspected of giving money to government informants is held at a school occupied by the dissident Free Syrian Army (FSA), in the northern city of Aleppo. He was one of two captives believed to be members of the pro-government Shabiha militia, who were held and interrogated for 48 hours before having the money that was on them confiscated. The men were then released.