An Evening at Diyarbakır Castle, by Mehmet Masum

Diyarbakir is an old city in region of Kurdistan in the southeast of the Turkey. It is known for its historical walls, a landmark that witnessed more than 2 thousand years history. Walls of Diyarbakir are more than five kilometers long, among the longest of medieval fortifications; only the Great Wall of China is longer. It is constructed of imposing masonry in black basalt, and had along its circuit more than 75 towers, all but six of which are still standing. There are four original gates in the wall, the Harput gate in the north, the New gate in the east, the Mardin gate to the south, and the Urfa gate to the west.

An Evening at Diyarbakır Castle, by Mehmet Masum

Pentax K20D Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 | Exposure 1/20sec @ f/2.8 | ISO 100 | Focal Length 24mm
An Evening at Diyarbakır Castle, by Mehmet Masum

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | June 09
Award Score: 63 (Value 12, Clarity 12.5, Composition 15, Style 12, Skill 11.5)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Travel Photography
Photograph Location: Diyarbakir Castle, Diyarbakir | Turkey

Photographer: Mehmet Masum Suer (Diyarbakir, Turkey) Registered
Mehmet Masum Suer is a Kurdish international photographer and freelance journalist living in city of Diyarbakir in Turkey. He began his career as a journalist in 1974, then worked for different agencies and newspapers of Turkey as a reporter, photo-journalist, writer, redactor and representative. He quit journalism after 1993, and got involved on his researches about history, culture and language. Mehmet Masum Suer has been taking photos professionally in different fields besides photojournalism since 2005. Suer takes pictures of historic places and buildings especially in citys of Diyarbakir, Mardin, Van and Hasankeyf. Meanwhile he has been involved on a project of taking photos of famous Kurdish politicians and artists. Cultural, historical values, and works of art are the subjects that take his attention. Suer also records the cultural festivals, and presentations as documentaries. Some of his exhibitions took place in Turkey, Iraq, and USA. Photos of Suer are especially used in touristic publications such as guide books, brochures, and postcards as well as they are used in international tourism fairs, newspapers, and magazines.

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