Transanatolia is a peregrination to the borders of Anatolia.

For five years, Mathias Depardon has photographed “Greater Turkey“, right up to the borders of Azerbaijan and Xinjiang, where Turkey remains the “motherland“.

The fragmentation of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the World War I remains a trauma, and pushing back the borders is a way to take revenge against a historical wound.

These remote places help to understand the great changes that are shaking the region. Throughportraits and landscapes, Mathias Depardon probes a country torn between the utmostmodernization and Ottoman reminiscences.



Galerie Sit Down

10.06.2021 – 17.07.2021


Born in France in 1980, Mathias Depardon was raised between France, Belgium and the USA. Afterstudying communication and journalism in Brussels, Mathias briefly joined the Belgian national newspaper Le Soir before devoting himself to reportage and feature work.

His immersive process and slower approach to journalism allow for comprehensive bodies of workthat reveal and frame important social, economic and political issues in territories under tension suchas Turkey and Iraq where he questions the idea of identity and territory. Through series of portraits and landscapes, Mathias Depardon probe a Turkey torn between modernization and the reminiscenceof the ottoman values evoking the notion of Pan-Turkism in the neighboring countries.

In 2018 he is the finalist of the “Grand Prix de la Photographie Documentaire“ in Sète and the recipient of the CNAP Grant (Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris) for ContemporaryDocumentary Photography. During the 49th edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, he exhibited as part of ‘A Pillar of Smoke’ – a look at Turkey’s contemporary photography scene.

In 2019 he is the laureate of “Les Regards du Grand Paris“ in partnership with Les Ateliers Médicis and CNAP. In 2020 he’s the winner of the Yves Rocher Foundation Grant which will allow him to pursue hisproject on the drying out of the Mesopotamian Rivers.

Exhibitions have included the Bibliothèque nationale de France and more recently the Musée des Archives nationales in Paris for his solo exhibition TRANS ANATOLIA (2017).

He’s work is published and commissioned regularly by leading international periodicals includingNational Geographic, M Le Magazine du Monde, Le Figaro Magazine along with photographicperiodicals such as The British Journal of Photography and The European Photography Magazine among others. He is a member of The Photo Society / National Geographic and the author of TRANS ANATOLIA / André Frère Editions 2020.

Solo Shows & Group Shows


2021 – TransAnatolia. Galerie Sit Down. Paris

2021 – La Filature. TRANS ANATOLIA. Mulhouse, France (upcoming)

2020 – Planches Contact. Being yourself is the best Revolution! Deauville, France

2019 – Paris Photo. TRANS ANATOLIA. Gallery The PILL. Paris, France

2019 – Photaumnales. Tales from the Land in Between. Groupshow. Beauvais, France

2019 – ImageSingulières. Tales From the Land in Between. Solo Exhibition. Sète, France

2018 – Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival. Une Colonne de Fumée. Group show. Xiamen,   China

2018 – Thessaloniki Photo Biennale. Iron Earth, Copper Sky. Group Show. Thessaloniki, Greece

2018 – Les Rencontres d’Arles. Une Colonne de Fumée. Group show. Arles, France

2017 – Musée des Archives nationales. TRANS ANATOLIA. Solo Exhibition. Paris, France

2017 – Rule-Breakers The Exhibition. GoldRivers. Group Show. London, England

2017 – Les Rencontres d’Arles. Projection of Gold Rivers. Arles, France

2017 – Just Another Photo Festival. The WildWest. Varanasi, India

2017 – Tbilisi Photo Festival. Gold Rivers. Tbilisi, Georgia

2016 – Tianshui Photography Biennale. Postcards of The Black Sea. Tianshui, China

2015 – Foto Istanbul Festival. Postcards of The Black Sea. Istanbul, Turkey

2015 – Institut Français d’Istanbul. Postcards of The Black Sea. Istanbul, Turkey

2014 – Transcontinent/Obscura Photo Festival. Postcards of The Black Sea. Penang, Malaysia

2013 – Mahal Cultural Center. Beyond The Borders. Cannakale, Turkey

2013 – Institut Français d’Istanbul. Beyond The Borders. Istanbul, Turkey

2012 – Hannover Young Photojournalism Lumix Festival. Beyond The Borders. Hannover,        Germany

2012 – Dust and Scratches Gallery. Beyond The Borders. Moscow, Russia

2011 – Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Bourse du Talent. BeyondThe Borders. Paris, France

2011 – Press Scoop Grand Lille. UnPrintemps Arabe. Group Show. Lille, France

2011 – Instituto Cervantes. Revolutiones with CensuraLab and MJR. Group Show. New York, USA



André Frère Editions, November 2020

Photos: Mathias Depardon

Texts : Mathias Depardon, Guillaume Perrier and Hamit Bozarslan


2020 – Yves Rocher Foundation Grant. Winner. Visa / Perpignan, France

2019 – Atelier MEDICIS / CNAP. Les Regards du Grand Paris. Laureate. Paris, France

2018 – CNAP. Soutien à la Photographie Documentaire et Contemporaine. Nominee. Paris,   France

2018 – Grand Prix de la Photographie Documentaire. Images Singulières/Mediapart. Finalist.   Sète, France

2016 – Gd4Photoart Award by MAST Foundation. Shotlisted nominee. Bologna, Italy

2011 – International Photography Awards. Honorable Mention. Editorial Reportage. Los Angeles,   USA

2011 – Bourse du Talent/Reportage. Winner. Paris, France