documentary photographer


Photo by: Ivor Prickett

Photo by: Ivor Prickett

Cengiz (b. 1986) is a photographer and editor based in the United States. His work focuses on mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the repercussions of the Islamic State. He has photographed war and it’s effects in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and has a long-term commitment to documenting civilian casualties as a result of conflict.

He is the inaugural recipient of the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association in 2015, was a member of the Associated Press team listed as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the battle for Mosul in 2016, and was listed on the Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent roster. He won a National Magazine Award as the managing editor of Roads & Kingdoms in 2019, served for three years as a board member for the Frontline Freelance Register, advocating for better training and protections for conflict freelancers, and was recently named a 2019 Dart Center Ochberg Fellow in Journalism and Trauma.

Cengiz’s editorial clients include Vanity Fair, Google, WIRED UK, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy Magazine among others. His humanitarian clients include organizations such as UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS, and Mercy Corps. He has spoken at National Geographic, Facebook, Photoville, Instagram, and the Eddie Adam Workshop and has been featured for his work in TIME, BBC World News, and Juxtapoz Magazine.

He is HEFAT and RISC certified.