based in Minnesota
Kerem Yücel (born Istanbul, 1978) is an independent documentary photographer with a main interest on social and environmental issues.

Available for editorial, NGO/humanitarian, portrait assignment anywhere in the world. His clients include the world-well-known magazine and non-governmental organization (NGO), eg; Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Malteser International, ECHO (European Commission), Support to Life (STL), JICA (Japon International Cooperation Agency) and wired news agency.

Kerem Yücel photographs Central Asia, Africa, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and the Caucasus for national and international magazines. In Turkey, his photographs are featured regularly in Turkey’s premier exploration and geography magazine, Atlas, of which he was also the photography editor. His photographs are distributed by ZUMA Press agency .

The Guest (Turkish name: “Misafir” 2015)
My book “Guest” looks into the lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey. It took 5 years to complete and it did not start as a book project. I started following families, as the first refugees started moving in during the “Arab Spring”. I initially had exhibitions and finally I was encouraged to collect them in a book. I photographed 200 families. The stories of 40 of them made it to my book. I witnessed their transitions from relocating to establishing a permanent residence. Every time I visited them they had small pieces furniture added to their homes such as a rug, a mirror used TV sets. There were academicians, play writers and actors among the people I photographed.

Passing Through (Turkish name: “Geçerken”) May 2016
My photography book "Passing Through-GEÇERKEN" consists of the photographs of families that live on Turkish-Syrian border and receive aid from the European Commission, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) met the readers at the World Humanitarian Summit on 23 May 2016. Geçerken is a project I realized   with Natalia Sancha, a Spanish photographer. This photography book funded by ECHO. When preparing this book, my aim was to emphasize that the refugees were not just names or statistics but also  mothers, fathers, and individuals. Passing Through (Geçerken), which was prepared in English and Turkish, also published in German at 2017 in Germany.

Production Skills & Specialities

Corporate, Documentary, Sports, Weddings, Portrait, Disaster Coverage, Conflict Coverage, Backpack Journalism, Photo Editing, Spot News