Jess Hurd

Photographer
Roma

Capital of Culture?

I’ve just returned from a work trip to Istanbul. I was there two years ago with Mark Thomas working on his book exposing the crimes of Coca Cola.

Whilst I was there I visited Sulukule, the oldest gypsy community in the world and a community facing forced eviction and demolition, the story appeared as eyewitness in the Guardian newspaper.

The Roma residents, famous for their traditional gypsy music, were fighting the ‘gentrification’ of their historic community, which was only to leave a handful of houses as museum artifacts and re-house the gypsies in anonymous blocks some way outside the city.

The community is now dispersed, destroyed and impoverished and as Istanbul celebrates its European Capital of Culture status it represents exactly the opposite in my opinion.

See Sulukule slideshow here

Images available to licence from www.reportdigital.co.uk

The Reddog Experience



Reddog @ Chats Palace 


This year I have visited Roma communities in Istanbul and Rome. Sulukule is a gypsy neighbourhood inhabited by Roma since the 11th Century and faces demolition under plans to gentrify parts of Istanbul.

Roma families living in Italy are facing increased persecution, I travelled to Rome in August to document conditions in the camps. There is also a short documentary available on the Reel News October DVD release and screened at the Foundry this Sunday.

Tdog has put together a slideshow of my images with Roma music and it will be screened at the Reddog event at Chats Palace in Hackney, London on Friday 3rd October 2008.

Image of Sulukule, Istanbul © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

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