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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- The Tarlabasi Police Station  sits on the edge of one of the most multi ethnical and controversial areas of Istanbul. 

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- The Tarlabasi Police Station  sits on the edge of one of the most multi ethnical and controversial areas of Istanbul. 

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 22, 2012 -- A man stands on the gate to the Uskudar ferry, the threshold between Europe and Asia.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 22, 2012 -- A man stands on the gate to the Uskudar ferry, the threshold between Europe and Asia.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- A policeman guards one of the gates to Taksim Square beside Gezi Park.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- A policeman guards one of the gates to Taksim Square beside Gezi Park.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- Isabelle sits on the edge of Tarlabasi Boulevard. Tarlabasi is known to be the only neighborhood where landlords rent to transgenders.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- Isabelle sits on the edge of Tarlabasi Boulevard. Tarlabasi is known to be the only neighborhood where landlords rent to transgenders.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Teenager girls leave the Fatih Mosque after the prayer.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Teenager girls leave the Fatih Mosque after the prayer.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- "Their parents hide the real ones," a passerby yelled in Balat.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- "Their parents hide the real ones," a passerby yelled in Balat.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 25, 2012 -- A Muslim woman at a bus stop in Uskudar, the Asian side of the city.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 25, 2012 -- A Muslim woman at a bus stop in Uskudar, the Asian side of the city.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER   31, 2012 -- Turkan, right, and her son Rachid prepare supper. It is not uncommon within Kurdish families to share tasks that in other Islamic cultures would only be performed by women.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER   31, 2012 -- Turkan, right, and her son Rachid prepare supper. It is not uncommon within Kurdish families to share tasks that in other Islamic cultures would only be performed by women.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- A view of the "Golden Horn" at sunset. Fener, Fatih and Bulat are visible in the background. Each neighborhood represents an imaginary ethnical threshold. Fatih is well known for being inhabited by Kurds and Anatolians, Fener by Greeks while Balat is historically Jewish.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- A view of the "Golden Horn" at sunset. Fener, Fatih and Bulat are visible in the background. Each neighborhood represents an imaginary ethnical threshold. Fatih is well known for being inhabited by Kurds and Anatolians, Fener by Greeks while Balat is historically Jewish.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 25, 2012 -- A couple travels from Uskudar (Asia) to Eminomu (Europe).  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 25, 2012 -- A couple travels from Uskudar (Asia) to Eminomu (Europe).  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- A view of the Fatih neighborhood.  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- A view of the Fatih neighborhood.  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER   31, 2012 -- The Aydar siblings, Rachid, left, and Royda at their house in Fatih. The Aydar family moved from Mardin, in the western Turkish Kurdistan, to Istanbul, in search for better opportunities and to escape the daily tensions between the Turkish army and the PKK.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER   31, 2012 -- The Aydar siblings, Rachid, left, and Royda at their house in Fatih. The Aydar family moved from Mardin, in the western Turkish Kurdistan, to Istanbul, in search for better opportunities and to escape the daily tensions between the Turkish army and the PKK.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Turkan Aydar talks about her son Talon who has just been sentenced to 50 days in jail, following recent clashes between the police and the Kurdish protesters.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Turkan Aydar talks about her son Talon who has just been sentenced to 50 days in jail, following recent clashes between the police and the Kurdish protesters.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Rachid shows the scars from a heart surgery. Because of his health condition, the Turkish school board does not let him attend classes, leaving the young man without basic education.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Rachid shows the scars from a heart surgery. Because of his health condition, the Turkish school board does not let him attend classes, leaving the young man without basic education.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Members of the Aydar family butch a lamb in an abandoned building near their home in Fatih. The area hosts several crumbling buildings. A government restyling is expected soon.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Members of the Aydar family butch a lamb in an abandoned building near their home in Fatih. The area hosts several crumbling buildings. A government restyling is expected soon.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Rachid takes care of his younger siblings. Due to his health condition he can neither work nor go to school, therefore he helps his mom Turkan to run the house.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Rachid takes care of his younger siblings. Due to his health condition he can neither work nor go to school, therefore he helps his mom Turkan to run the house.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Araz   

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 31, 2012 -- Araz   

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- A crumbling building in Balat. The fine line between restyling and gentrification is rapidly blurring.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- A crumbling building in Balat. The fine line between restyling and gentrification is rapidly blurring.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- Memeth at home in Tarlabasi. Soon his building will be affected by the governative restyling plan, leaving him with no roof over his head.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 26, 2012 -- Memeth at home in Tarlabasi. Soon his building will be affected by the governative restyling plan, leaving him with no roof over his head.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- "A New Beginning For Tarlabasi With New Units For Sale Soon."  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 23, 2012 -- "A New Beginning For Tarlabasi With New Units For Sale Soon."  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Anatolian mother and son, in Fatih.  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- Anatolian mother and son, in Fatih.  

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- A Roma lady cooks in the streets of Fener.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 -- A Roma lady cooks in the streets of Fener.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 --  A group of Anatolian women is seen in front of their homes in Fatih. They all hope that the government restyling plan for the neighborhood will affect their block the latest possible.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 27, 2012 --  A group of Anatolian women is seen in front of their homes in Fatih. They all hope that the government restyling plan for the neighborhood will affect their block the latest possible.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 21, 2012 -- A view of Tarlabasi. Locals are concerned that by 2015 gentrification will leave many of them homeless. Nonetheless the historical soul of the neighborhood will be gone forever.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY: OCTOBER 21, 2012 -- A view of Tarlabasi. Locals are concerned that by 2015 gentrification will leave many of them homeless. Nonetheless the historical soul of the neighborhood will be gone forever.

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