Murad Sezer

Murad Sezer

Based
Istanbul, Turkey
Born
Ulm, Germany
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 5D Mark III, 1DX
“I have learnt a lot and am still learning, especially to be patient and not in a hurry. I don't feel I am getting older taking pictures, but growing with the work.”

Beat

I cover sports, politics and civil disturbances. Sports excite me the most!

One Shot

. London, United Kingdom. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Ireland's Michael Conlan (left) celebrates as he is declared the winner over France's Nordine Oubaali after their Men's Fly (52kg) quarter-final boxing match at the London Olympic Games.
“This is one of my favourite sports pictures. It was taken during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. When I cover sports events, I usually pay more attention to reactions than actions. I believe reactions of athletes reflect the real tension of the game. It is a good example showing victory and defeat together in a single frame.”

Profile

When I was a kid, soccer and photography were my two hobbies. At high school I took pictures during the school soccer tournaments.

While I was studying journalism and public relations at Istanbul University, I started working as an intern at a Turkish daily newspaper.

I learned by practising. On the sports desk I had the opportunity to practice indoor, outdoor and flash photography with a basic camera, using black and white film and slides.

I shot black and white pictures of an amateur league soccer match for my first assignment. I quickly learned where to stand, and managed to capture a goal being scored.

During the first siege of Fallujah in the Iraq war, I was initially the only embedded international media photographer there. The siege left a big impression on me.

I take inspiration from my surroundings. I’m constantly on my feet, exploring where I am.

My first edit is in my mind. I know which pictures I want to use before I download them to my laptop.

I’ve never considered what I would be if I wasn’t a photographer.

I never stop learning, especially to be patient and not in a hurry.

I don't feel I’m getting older taking pictures, but growing with the work.

Behind the Scenes

. Istanbul, Turkey. Reuters/Cihat Caner
Reuters photographer Murad Sezer takes pictures as French climber Alain Robert, also known as "Spiderman", scales the 261-metres-high (856.3 feet) Sapphire Tower.
. Diyarbakir, Turkey. Reuters
Sezer is seen on top of a truck while covering a ceremony as part of the Holy Birth Week celebrations, marking the birth of Prophet Mohammad.