An artificial rock sculpture of Ataturk on the side of a hill in Boca, Izmir, western Turkey.

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A wax sculpture of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk at his former house (now a museum) in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and first President of the Turkish republic, modernised and westernised the country. On 29 October 1923 he declared Turkey to be a secular republic, based on the separation of the powers of state and religion. The adoration of Atatürk as the heroic nation-builder of Turkey is still alive, yet fading slowly because of a growing islamisation.

This series depicts how legendary Atatürk is worshipped in today's Turkey.

Atatürk's portrait is stitched into the tie of a man at a CHP meeting in Izmir, Turkey.

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A sculptor cleans a freshly moulded statue of Ataturk which will be placed in a school playground, blowing high pressure air on it to remove dust. Istanbul, Turkey.

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Men ask for selfies with Atatürk impersonator Göksal Kaya on a street in Izmir, Turkey

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A statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the historic peninsular of Istanbul, near Topkapi Palace

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The silhouette of Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, on the side of a hill in 'Atatürk village', on Turkey's border with Georgia. The silhouette shadow appears for a month each year and attracts visitors from across Turkey and abroad.

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Göksal Kaya, (left) works professionally as an Atatürk lookalike. Here he cleans the trousers of a wax sculpture of Atatürk at an Atatürk museum in Izmir, Turkey

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A portrait of Atatürk (L) and Turkish President Erdoğan (R)hang next to a Turkish flag in Erdoğan's former football club in Kasimpasa, Istanbul.

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Atatürk's military portrait hangs in below a TV playing football in one of Kadikoy's many bar streets, Istanbul.

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An artist with a drawing of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk next to him. Karaköy port, Istanbul, Turkey

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Carpets bearing Atatürk's face hang between Imam Hussein, Syrian president Bashar Al Assad, Ché Guevara and the Virgin Mary. Harbiye, Hatay, Turkey.

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Ataturk's portrait joins those of wrestlers and other figures in a cafe in Istanbul's Balat neighbourhood.

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A portrait of Atatürk hanging on a mosque wall, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Atatürk's profile drawn on a wall behind flower sellers at the Kadiköy port, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Flags for sale in Sirkeci, Istanbul, showing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (back row) and current Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (front row). 

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A drawing of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on restoration hoarding, Istiklal street, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Men ask for selfies with Atatürk impersonator Göksal Kaya (right) at a commemoration of Atatürk's death in Maltepe, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Göksal Kaya, Turkey's primary Atatürk lookalike, in his home city of Izmir. Mr. Kaya appears regularly in films, television productions, and at public events around Turkey and Europe. 

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A fish restaurant in Istanbul's Kadikoy neighbourhood with a wall devoted to Atatürk images.

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A statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on the historic peninsular of Istanbul, near Topkapi Palace

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A framed portrait of Atatürk in an antique shop in Istanbul, Turkey.

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One of several traditional fish - raki restaurants in Istanbul's Asian side neighbourhood of Kadikoy, decked out in images of Atatürk.

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A moulded bust of Atatürk's face. Istanbul, Turkey.

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