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

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

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Atatürks portrait on a large flag hanging from trees in Besiktas, Istanbul on Victory Day 2017

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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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Ataturks 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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Flags of Atatürk's portrait and the Turkish flag in Kadikoy, Istanbul

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

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

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A sculpture of Atatürk made for a school is being prepared in a workshop in Kagithane, Istanbul.

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

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A flag seller prepares his wares on a table before a victory day parade in Istanbul, 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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Atatürk on a Turkish flag, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey.  

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A marker pen profile portrait of Atatürk on a wall behind a flower market in Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey

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

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Turkish flags with Atatürk and Erdogan portraits. Sirkeci, Istanbul, Turkey.

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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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Atatürk's portrait carved out of stone. Istanbul, Turkey

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Atatürk on a wall hiding construction work on Istanbul's Istiklal Street. 

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

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A golden bust of Atatürk in the village of Naime Köy, Izmir, Turkey. The village has an ethnically mixed population of AfroTurks and non-AfroTurk Turkish citizens.

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

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

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A man sells Atatürk related merchandise on his stall during the memorial of Atatürk's death in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Atatürk impersonator Göksal Kaya on a street in Izmir, Turkey.

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Turkish flags with Atatürk's portrait for sale on Victory Day, Istanbul, Turkey

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A sculpted head of Atatürk sits on a workshop bench before being connected to the body. The sculpture is being made for a school. 

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Atatürk impersonator Göksal Kaya (left) leads a motorcade on Victory Day in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Atatürk related merchandise on a railing on Republic Day in Istanbul, Turkey.

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