Kakava Behind The Scenes

This project about one of the important Turkish festival which is celebrated in 5th of May, called Kakava and Hidirellez Festival.

Hidirellez is celebrated as the day on which the prophets Hizir and Ilyas met on earth according to Islam religion. 

In the meantime, it celebrates the arrival of summer. People pray on this day whatever their wishes are. They draw or write their wishes on one paper by confidentially then they throw the Tunca River and then they arrive festival area and continue their celebrates. Many photographers works in the Festival area. But I’d like to share behind the festival like how the Romani’s peoples preparing for the festival and what they do after the festival. This project took 2 years between 2018-2019 years.

I am grateful to everyone that I met and have photographed for this book.

Habip Koçak, 2020



This project consists of the photos I took between 2015 and 2020. I would like to focus more on the emotional moments of the people who were my subjects in the photos I took candidly. I aimed to highlight what they felt, by purifying the subjects from their identities. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoy while shooting and we feel the same emotions together.

No matter how much I consider models unidentified, the story of many will remain in me. 

I would like to thank all of my subjects accompanying this process with me.

Habip Koçak, 2020

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I Can't Breath

In May 2020, in Minneapolis, the brutal murder of George Floyd by the police was recorded by people before and after the murder, and since similar problems were experienced in almost every country in the world, especially in the USA, after being recorded on social media. Despite the pandemic and quarantine measures, people went out to the streets and protested and somehow asked for an account.

In general, it is possible to say that the main reasons for all civil movements are based on social justice, human rights demands, anti-racism, freedom, equality, welfare, and similar reasons. The demonstrations that started as the protest of Floyd's murder and spread all over the world have evolved into a struggle of honour, global public solidarity against despotic rulers. Similar protests recently in Turkey, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, and possible to see that take place in many countries.

Beginning with the destruction of the statues of colonists in continental Europe, especially in England; Afterwards, effective anti-colonial protests took place in the organization of the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement. Throwing the statue of the slave-dealer Edward Colston into the river in Bristol, the removal of Robert Milligan's statues by the Municipality in London, and especially Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the Rhodes Foundation, which has significant funds at the University of Oxford, but was the leading actor in the enslavement of Africa. The removal of his statue by Oriel College can be seen as a relatively important achievement.

This book consists of the protests that took place in Oxford and London in August and are a tribute to the people who lost their lives against racism, injustice, and discrimination around the world.

Hope to meet you in peaceful days.

Habip Koçak, 2020

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