SirKhane DARKROOM

SirKhane DARKROOM is a mobile darkroom in Southeastern Turkey bordering Syria. The darkroom travels from village to village teaching children how to shoot, develop, and print their own photographs. Led by Serbest Salih, a young photographer and Syrian refugee, the darkroom is founded on a fundamental belief in photography as a universal and therapeutic language, and encourages children living in the area — many of whom are themselves refugees from Syria and Iraq — to experiment with the medium as both a form of play and a means of understanding the world around them.

i saw the air fly is a photo book of these photographs from various students of SirKhane DARKROOM. Proceeds from this publication will go to the Her Yerde Sanat-Sirkhane charity.

SirKhane DARKROOM’s photography featured in the “Do you love me?” issue of the Quarterly Journal.

Meltem 18 years old from mardin turkey, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)  •

Meltem 18 years old from mardin turkey, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)

Shot by Meltem 18 years old from mardin turkey
Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

 •  Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

Shot by Nisrin 17 years old from Ras el ayin syria, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)  •

Shot by Nisrin 17 years old from Ras el ayin syria, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)

Shot by Nisrin 17 years old from Ras el ayin syria Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

 •  Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

Shot by Resha 10 years old from reqqqa, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)  •

Shot by Resha 10 years old from reqqqa, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)

Shot by Resha 10 years old from reqqqa
Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

 •  Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

Shot by Zeynao 13 years old from mardin turkey, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)  •

Shot by Zeynao 13 years old from mardin turkey, Untitled from i saw the air fly (MACK Books)

Shot by Zeynao 13 years old from mardin turkey
Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.

 •  Image courtesy of Sirkhane DARKROOM.