I'm a British freelance photojournalist, based in Istanbul, Turkey. My personal work often focuses on themes of identity, migration, social and political actions, and the ramifications of those for individuals. I regularly cover stories about how identity shapes lives in challenging and unexpected ways, particularly within sexual and ethnic minority groups.
My ongoing long-term project Kütmaan (started in 2010) tells the stories of LGBTQ asylum seekers, refugees, and IDPs in and from the Middle East, forced to flee for reasons connected with their sexuality and/or gender identity.
Based in Istanbul, Turkey since early 2012, but traveling often. Turkish and UK national press cards. International press accreditation via IFJ. Member of the National Union of Journalists, London Branch.
Holder of a full (clean!) driving licence.
Founder of Gayropa - a visual documentation on queer migration to Europe.
Hostile Environment - HEFAT (2015) and R.I.S.C. (2014) certified & trained.
Experienced as an on-set photographer and videographer for TV and film production. (Multiple Bollywood feature films, Al Jazeera documentaries and independent productions).
Available for editorial and corporate assignments internationally.
Iraq's unwanted (part of my ongoing work Kütmaan) inspired a theatre production called Elegy by Transport Theatre, written by Douglas Rintoul and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in London, Australia, and Spain. My Syrian Nakbaseries inspired a campaign by Caritas Deutschland, helping to raise awareness and funding to support refugees.
Represented worldwide by LAIF photo agency.
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The Guardian (UK), Knack magazine (Belgium), BBC, Stern (Germany), The Times and The Sunday Times (UK), POLITICO Europe, Der Spiegel (Germany), The New Republic (USA), The Washington Post (USA), National Geographic Magazine, AFP, Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), Buzzfeed News, Suomen Kuvalehti (Finland), The National (UAE), The Observer & The Observer Magazine (UK), TIME, The Independent (UK), De Volkskrant (Netherlands), CNN, Libération (France), Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, JWD Magazin, The Daily Mail, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), Le Figaro (France), NewsCorp Australia, them.us, amongst others.
Written features: The Independent: New Review magazine, TimeOut Istanbul LGBT section writer. Contributed live coverage and reports to BBC, PRI and others.
NGO / IGO / Corporate clients:
OSCE, UNHCR, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Amnesty International, IGLHRC, Coca Cola, Brandseers, MayDay Rescue/White Helmets, Teneo Blue Rubicon, AllOUT, Barcroft Media, Primark, International Press Institute.
Corporate portfolio available upon request.
British Journal of Photography talk on a decade covering LGBTI asylum.
Please contact me directly for individual print sales, requests for image usage, story leads, or collaborative opportunities.
Support my work with a donation paypal.me/bradleysecker - Thank you!
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2018 - Kütmaan/Mr Gay Syria - GET ME - Rotterdam - Feb 2018
2017 - Kütmaan - Amsterdam Queer Migrant Film Festival - December 2017
2017 - Selected works from multiple series - Split, Croatia 1-10th June. Split Pride.
2017 - Liverpool, UK. Psychology Fringe Festival. January 19-21. Exhibition screening and photographer talk.
2016 - Kütmaan - Cezayir, solo exhibition. Istanbul, Turkey. October 2016
2016 - Kütmaan - Midsumma festival, Melbourne, Australia January-February 2016
2015 - Syrian Nakba - FotoIstanbul - October/November 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 - Kütmaan - Solo exhibition, Curious Duke Gallery, London, UK
2012 - Kütmaan - NOUR festival - Leighton House, London, UK. Opened by Peter Tatchell.
2011 - Iraq's unwanted (part of Kütmaan) - First Out Café, London, UK
National Geographic Society COVID-19 photographic project grantee - October 2020 - December 2020
National Geographic Explorer - October 2019 - May 2020
Pulitzer Centre grantee - reporting across Europe - May-September 2019.
International Reporting Project Fellow December 2017 - reporting from Japan
Arts Council England - Grant for the arts. 2012
Sexugees series wins two photography awards as part of POLITICO Europe
Salzburg Global LGBT Forum Fellow 2017
Second place - Excellence in photojournalism category - NLGJA awards 2016
Getty Images Reportage - Emerging Talent 2015-2016
First Prize - Pride Photo Award 2011
Selected written features
Non speaking extra in Indian (Hindi) films: 'Queen', 'Shandaar', 'Mausam', 'Holiday' and Egyptian (Arabic) film 'Baby Doll Nights'.
Podcast - https://soundcloud.com/istanboomboom/e7-the-b-secker-camel-story-w-photog-bradley-secker-drunken-audience-members-a-musical-guest
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada. 2016/17/18 - Remotely contributing lectures to journalism students on Networking for work/Building Community in the journalism industry.