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A photo of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink is seen in the reflection of the hearse carrying his flower-covered coffin during a funeral procession in Istanbul on January 23, 2007. Dink was shot in broad daylight outside of his newspaper’s office in Istanbul. Dink, a defender of his Armenian past, was charged with breaking Law 301 of the Penal Code which makes it illegal to “insult” the Republic or being a Turk. His killer admitted that he did it because Hrant had “insulted Turks.”

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• It is reported that over 200,000 people attended Hrant Dink’s funeral in Istanbul, many carrying placards with such messages as “We are all Armenians” and “We are all Hrant Dink.” Who are these individuals we see reflected in the window? Why do you think Kathryn Cook chose to capture their reflections rather than their faces?

• Photographer Kathryn Cook notes that her work “addresses how a premeditated act committed by ‘new Turks’ on the ‘old Ottomans’ has manifested itself in the country’s present.” In what ways does this photograph and the murder of Hrant Dink speak to this idea of the confrontation between past and present?

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