Nicole Tung

Nicole Tung @nicoletung

Freelance photographer covering the Middle East and beyond. @theiwmf grantee. Currently exhibiting 'Aleppo' @tropenmuseum.
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#Repost @ffregister ・・・ A view of the main downtown area of Sirte four days after the capture and killing of Muammar el Gaddafi. October 24, 2011. #conflict #war #libya • • • This is @nicoletung posting images this week looking back at the uprising and war in Libya.
#Repost @ffregister ・・・ Rebel fighters attempt to identify their dead comrades near the frontline between Ajdabiya and Marsa Brega. April 2011. #conflict #war #libya • • • This is @nicoletung posting images this week looking back at the uprising and war in Libya.
#Repost @ffregister ・・・ Suspected mercenaries are held in a prison cell at the courthouse in Benghazi. Many turned out to be innocent migrant workers caught up in the revolution, suspected of being hired by Ghaddafi to kill protesters. February 2011, Benghazi, Libya. #conflict #war #libya • • • This is @nicoletung posting images this week looking back at the uprising and war in Libya.
#Repost @ffregister ・・・ Libyan men, many of whom were regular civilians just days before, gathered weapons and commandeered tanks to fight against Gaddafi loyalists outside of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya, at the start of the war in March 2011. #conflict #war #libya • • • This is @nicoletung posting images this week from the uprising and war in Libya.
#Repost @ffregister ・・・ Hi everyone, this is @nicoletung and I'll be sharing images looking back on the uprising and war in Libya in 2011. Looking forward to having you follow along! -----------------------------------------------------As waves of protests swept across North Africa and the Middle East in early 2011, Libyans rose up against the 41-year dictatorship of Muammar al-Gaddafi. Ordinary civilians including doctors, teachers, and students openly revolted, overthrowing the government first in the east of the country, with the capital Tripoli falling only six months later. Libyan rebel fighters, aided by NATO forces, fought a brutal war against government soldiers, eventually culminating in the Gaddafi's capture and death on October 2011. Without proper leadership and the failure of other states to support a nascent regime in Libya, the country spiraled into further fighting between hundreds of rival militia groups, each vying for control over territory, weapons, and the country's most lucrative export, oil. It is now divided between three governments and further fractured along tribal allegiances, and also in the midst of a long-standing migrant crisis that the EU is attempting to help Libya control. #war #conflict #libya #benghazi #gaddafi #revolution • • • Thousands of people gather on the corniche near the court house in Benghazi, Libya, on February 2011 for the Friday sermon and prayers, shortly after the revolution began.
In extremely good company tonight with @stephsinclairpix, winner of the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards and fellow honorable mention @louisa.gouliamaki - you are both inspiring and amazing. Thank you to the @theiwmf @worldpressphoto @canonusa @instagram and the many partners, board members and supporters of The International Women's Media Foundation. Supporting women in journalism has never been more important and the IWMF has been such a game changer in promoting that. #anjascourage #womeninphotojournalism #photojournalism
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ Emrah and Hazal pose for a photo in Istanbul, Turkey. Friday Night Fashion: A short series on youth fashion in Istanbul. • • • This is @nicoletung posting with images I've taken on and off assignments in Turkey over the last year and a half.
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ A boy picks mulberries and eats them straight off the tree. Istanbul, Turkey. • • • This is @nicoletung posting with images I've taken on and off assignments in Turkey over the last year and a half.
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ Customers eat ice cream at an ice cream stand on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey, 2016. 🍦 • • • This is @nicoletung posting with images I've taken on and off assignments in Turkey over the last year and a half.
#Repost @theiwmf ・・・ Tariq, left, Nisreen, and their five-year old daughter Roslyn, Kurdish refugees from Syria, are seen on the day-long bus ride from the Athens port to the Greek-Macedonian border in the far north, as they continue their journey from Syria to Germany. The journey from Syria to Germany, where eventually they arrived safely and applied for asylum, took many months. They had arrived in Greece a few days previous to this photo being taken, after crossing on a small dingy from Turkey with dozens of other asylum seekers. #conflict #refugees #syria #migration #war #greece -----------------------------------------------------This is @nicoletung signing off from this week's Instagram takeover. Thank you for following along, and a shout out of gratitude again to @theiwmf for their unwavering support of women journalists around the world. Their mission to empower us and provide journalists with the means and training to focus on under-covered issues, I believe, has the effect of empowering others, including those who give us the privilege of telling their stories.
#Repost @theiwmf ・・・ An injured boy is registered by medical staff as he awaited transport to a hospital, near Mosul, Iraq on November 14, 2016. The boy was injured by mortar shells near his home in the neighborhood of Shishan, where the frontline between ISIS and Iraqi forces is often only a difference of a few meters, and where most civilians remain despite the danger of staying. In some cases, ISIS has used civilians as human shields, preventing people from fleeing, while internally displaced persons camps are already filling to capacity. #mosul #iraq #conflict #children #civilians #war -----------------------------------------------------This is @nicoletung posting a few images on the Mosul offensive and how civilians have been affected.
#Repost @theiwmf ・・・ Captain Khatoon Khider, center, speaks to the women in her battalion as they fortify their base near Sinjar, in Kurdistan, Iraq. The Sun Ladies Battalion, as they are known, are made up of several hundred Yazidi women, some who were formerly enslaved by ISIS, are attempting to fight back against the extremist group.Ms. Khider was a renowned Yazidi singer before ISIS attacked the Yazidi population in northern Iraq. #iraq -----------------------------------------------------Hello everyone! This is @nicoletung taking over the IWMF’s Instagram account. I’m a freelance photographer covering the Middle East region focusing on news and editorial stories. I have a deep interest in socio-political issues, as well as conflict and conflict-related issues, and how they affect and change both the civilians and combatants who live through it. I’m deeply grateful to the @theiwmf for their support as a 2016 Grantee for Women’s Stories, which has allowed me to work on a long-term project about violence against women in Turkey, and for the honorable mention in the 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Award for Courage in Photojournalism. The Foundation’s dedication to giving female journalists the means and training to tell stories which would otherwise go untold is something I believe the journalism industry sorely needs, and their backing has been invaluable, giving me a platform through which I can focus on important and under-covered issues. I’m looking forward to sharing more images over the next few days!
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ Passengers take pictures on the ferry running across the Bosphorus in Istanbul. Ferries that traverse the Bosphorus, which is the boundary between the European and Anatolian sides of the city, are an extremely well-oiled machine here. Approximately 300,000 people use the ferry every day, with each trip costing less than a dollar. On an aimless afternoon I'll hop on a ferry going anywhere just for the feeling of being on a boat and listening to the hum of the engine and squawking seagulls so ubiquitous to the city #istanbul #turkey #bosphorus #ferries #everydayturkey • • • This is @nicoletung posting with images I've taken on and off assignments in Turkey over the last year and a half.
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ Passengers ride on the ferry across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. The 16-mile-long waterway, which connects the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, is a significant international route for trading, where up to 130 vessels including large tankers carrying oil pass through on a daily basis. #istanbul #turkey #bosphorus #ferries #everydayturkey • • • This is @nicoletung posting with images I've taken on and off assignments in Turkey over the last year and a half.
#Repost @newyorkerphoto ・・・ Hello all, this is @nicoletung taking over for the week! I’m a freelance photographer covering the Middle East region and have been based in Istanbul on and off over the past few years. I’ll be posting with images from Turkey, mostly of Istanbul either taken while I’ve been on assignment or while I’ve been walking around the city photographing daily life. Istanbul is one of those places that you easily fall in love with. Every time I come back from a trip, I’ll ask the taxi driver to take the road that curves along the Bosphorus, just to see the water hugging both sides of the city between Europe and Anatolia. On the other side of the road, the remnants of the old city walls. In the summers, families and youngsters are out barbecuing on the waterfront, and a sweet breeze at sundown is as every bit as perfect as the view. Istanbullites have a deep, melancholic connection to the water, even amidst the bustle of the city. Turkey has undergone some significant changes recently; the consequences of a geopolitically strategic country now mired in the Syrian war, a conflict in the south east, amidst a crackdown on opposition in the wake of last July’s attempted coup. It has also been a victim of numerous terror attacks, causing fewer and fewer tourists to visit, and at one point this past winter, things felt quite bleak. But, the country persists and within the long arc of history, it will most certainly endure. I look forward to having you follow along! • • • Women sit on the rocks facing the Maiden's Tower on the Bosphorus in Istanbul. It is a favorite past time of just about everyone to sit and watch the boats and container ships glide by, drink tea on the waterfront, read, and chat with friends. #istanbul #turkey #maidenstower #bosphorus
From Kashgar With Love, 2009. #kashgar #xinjiang #china #archives
Thanks to the good folks at Canon Professional Network and @the_red_dot_agency for profiling me in this piece, about the journey into photojournalism and covering conflict related stories. Link to the piece here & in bio: bit.ly/2qrYXNE #photojournalism #canon #conflict #freelance #archive #war #syria --------------------------------------- Fighters with the Free Syrian Army fire at regime forces on the frontline in Qastal al Harami, a section of the Old City of Aleppo, Syria. 2012. bit.ly/2qrYXNE
From the archives - he store front of a tailor's shop in the old city. Many Uyghur's earn their living in agriculture or as artisans and tailors. The streets of Kashgar's old city is filled with sounds of blacksmiths and carpenters at work. November 2009. #kashgar #xinjiang #china #archives #dailylife -----------------------------------------------------The old Silk Road city of Kashgar is prized to be one of the most well preserved cities of Islamic architecture in Central Asia. Located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China, Kashgar is inhabited by nearly 3.5 million people, a majority of whom are ethnically Turkic-Muslim Uyghurs. Over the last few years, the population of Han Chinese have steadily increased to over 40 percent as the region’s abundance of rare earth, oil, and natural gas reserved have drawn many Chinese to the area for employment. Their influx has promted the Chinese government to rapidly transform the region with modern infrastructure and residential areas, while fear of separatist movements have propelled Beijing to exert greater control in order to stem their activity. As a result, Kashgar is undergoing a major remodeling, with an estimated 85 percent of the old city to be demolished within the next few years, under the premise of creating more fire and earthquake-safe houses, even as concerns have been voiced over Beijing’s seeming lack of interest in preserving Kashgar’s historic and cultural heritage.
From the archives - A young herdsman waits to sell firewood at the Sunday market. November 2009. #kashgar #xinjiang #china #archives -----------------------------------------------------The old Silk Road city of Kashgar is prized to be one of the most well preserved cities of Islamic architecture in Central Asia. Located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of western China, Kashgar is inhabited by nearly 3.5 million people, a majority of whom are ethnically Turkic-Muslim Uyghurs. Over the last few years, the population of Han Chinese have steadily increased to over 40 percent as the region’s abundance of rare earth, oil, and natural gas reserved have drawn many Chinese to the area for employment. Their influx has promted the Chinese government to rapidly transform the region with modern infrastructure and residential areas, while fear of separatist movements have propelled Beijing to exert greater control in order to stem their activity. As a result, Kashgar is undergoing a major remodeling, with an estimated 85 percent of the old city to be demolished within the next few years, under the premise of creating more fire and earthquake-safe houses, even as concerns have been voiced over Beijing’s seeming lack of interest in preserving Kashgar’s historic and cultural heritage.