Emin Özmen studied photography in the Fine Arts Faculty at Marmara University of Istanbul, and in Linz (Austria).
In 2011, he worked on the famine in East Africa, the Tohoku Earthquake in Japan, and economic protests in Greece. The following year, he started covering the Syrian Civil War and ISIS in Iraq, which he continues to document. He photographed Mosul operations in 2016.
Emin covers international news but also develops documentary photography projects focusing on human rights violations. Among them, "Limbo," one of his long-term works. It tells the story of populations uprooted by the spiral of conflicts. In 2013, he started to document the complex situation of Kurds in Turkey. He is also focusing on Turkey’s current issues.
His work has been published by TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Le Monde magazine M, Paris Match, Newsweek, and others.
A selection of awards follows:
Two World Press Photo awards (“Spot News, second prize singles” in 2013 and “Multimedia Long Feature, first prize” in 2014, for my video-documentary “Witnessing Gezi”)
“Public Prize” of The Bayeux Calvados Awards for war correspondents in 2014.
2015 Magnum Photos Fund to complete a long-term project about the refugee crisis (Limbo).
He was a member of the jury of the 2016 and 2018 World Press Photo Multimedia contest.
Emin became a Magnum nominee in 2017. He currently lives in Istanbul.