Mustafa Önder Photography



I grew up the son of a hunter and for me photography is a hunt. My ultimate goal is to the capture dramatic scenes and spontaneous, intimate portraits of people living their lives.

After working as a photo editor for 6 years in Istanbul, I had a revelation. I dreamed of more freedom. So I quit my job and left my comfort zone of my birth city. Since then, I have been traveling around the world, communicating my experiences with images.


Mustafa was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. In 1995, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. He worked as a photo editor for major Turkish publication for several years before transitioning to freelance photography in 2000.

His work has been showcased in such Turkish and international publications as Vogue, Hurriyet, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, InStyle, Skylife, The Gate, FHM, Trendsetter, The L Magazine and The Indypendent.

Mustafa's fine art photography has been exhibited in solo and group shows as well as auctions in New York, Istanbul, San Francisco, London, Beijing, Geneva and other international cities. Many of his photos and photo series have received awards in such international photo competitions as IPA (International Photography Awards), Renaissance Photography Prize and Px3 (Prix De La Photographie Paris).

Mustafa currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.