Ahmet Polat is a Turkish-Dutch photographer living in Istanbul & Holland. After graduating from St. Joost Academy in Breda, 2000 he started exhibiting his work in Turkey and the Netherlands. Polat has been involved with stories on and with refugees since 1998. Understanding this fragile nature Polat’s work has been focused on creating a better visual representation, as well as empowering refugees to tell their own stories. His approach is always respectful and sensitive. In the Lost in Europe project he uses his EOSR camera to make images that contextual the stories he tells. Working together with Dan Archer, he makes it possible to keep minors anonymous using a combination of graphic work and photography. Polat also takes commercial and fashion photographs for several international magazines such as French and Turkish Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, New York Times, Paris Match, Marie Claire, Quest and Vice.



Still not totally safe in the UK

When I came out of the truck from Belgium I really didn't know where I was. I wasn't even able to speak the language. So I had to wait for help untill someone from Sudan came by.

15 Oct 2020


Dreamed of becoming a singer

I'm Destiny and I'm 23 years old, living in Palermo. I left Nigeria when I was 14 years old. One day, I told the trafficker that he wouldn't get my money anymore. That was a hard choice to make.  

14 Nov 2020


Must go to England

Hi, my name is Jamal. I am 16 years old. Right now I am staying in Dunkirk in a tent. When ISIS came in Iraq, we all left. My cousin and I are going to the UK.

30 Nov 2020


Runs a hostel for minors in Sicily

The problems for most unaccompanied migrants who stay in my hostel are the long waiting times for ID papers and the fingerprinting. They are not prepared to wait for them.  

1 Nov 2020