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Circumcision Parties Are A Rite Of Passage In Turkey

Photographer Bradley Secker journeys to Istanbul to document the traditional ceremonies surrounding sünnet, or male circumcision.

On a Sunday morning at the Sünnet Sarayi (Circumcision Palace) in Istanbul, groups of 7- and 8-year-old boys are paraded around in glitzy costumes reminiscent of Ottoman sultans. Excited and nervous, they are preparing for their circumcision. The ritual is considered the first step in the passage from boyhood to manhood, and on this day each boy is a little sultan in the eyes of his admiring family.

The Sünnet Sarayi was established in 1976 by Kemal Özkan, one of Turkey’s most adored traditional figures. Özkan claims to have circumcised more than 125,000 children during his lifetime, more than half of which he did without charge for local councils and municipalities throughout Turkey.

Yahya Kemal Ãœnal after his circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Before the knife cuts, the children dance for their families, get entertained by a clown, and are given a ride on a football-shaped train. Parents sit at large tables around the room and cheer for their kids.

When the time comes to perform the operation, the mini sultans are seated in a large red velvet throne opposite of the late Mr. Özkan’s son and his assistant. Families gather around, looking through excited and nervous eyes. While the ceremony takes place, a religious leader recites verses from the Qur’an to add the religious element to the celebration. After the procedure, which lasts a few seconds, the boys are catapulted onto the dance floor below to celebrate with their parents.

The finer details are performed shortly afterward in a medical facility backstage, where the boys are checked over by a doctor. During the checkup they are given an iPad to entertain them. Once the checkup is finished, the surreal clash of past and present traditions is over.

Parents of participating children and entertainers help the boys to feel relaxed and excited before the circumcision takes place. The Circumcision Palace in Istanbul claims to have performed more than 100,000 operations. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Erken (left) and Yigit Huseyin (right) after their traditional circumcision in Sariyer, a town on the Bosphorus coastline north of Istanbul. The boys dress in costumes of Ottoman sultans on the day when they are seen as stepping into manhood.

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place in Kemal Özkan’s Sünnet Sarayi in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Mehmet Karakum after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

Families of the young participant eagerly watch the circumcision taking place. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Yekta Selami Ãœnal (left) and Can Umut (right) after their circumcisions.

A mufti recites a religious verse while the boys, dressed as Ottoman Sultans, take a break to let the local anesthetic take effect at the Circumcision Palace in Istanbul. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Berat Ayan after his traditional circumcision in Sariyer. Bradley Secker

During the religious element of the sünnet ceremony the female guests cover their heads. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Eren Alp (left) and Umut (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

After having the quick operation the participant children dance with their relatives in celebration of moving into manhood. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

Baris Can Giçi (left) and Gencay (right) after their traditional circumcisions.

Arda (left) and Yizit (right) after their traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker

 

A patient uses an iPad as a distraction while he is being checked over by Dr. Levent Ozken before leaving the Circumcision Palace for his coming of age sünnet day. Bradley Secker

Ali Girgin after his traditional circumcision. Bradley Secker

Bradley Secker is a photographer based in Istanbul. To view more of his work, check out his website at http://www.bradleysecker.com/.

























20 Beautiful Pictures Reveal NYC’s Unique Culture Of Barbershops

Photographer Franck Bohbot takes a journey around New York City to capture the its unique barbershops.

1. The role of barbers in New York City extends way past the haircut — it’s a profession older than the city itself.

Barbershops are the crossroads of their communities and embody an ideal relationship between local business owners and their surrounding neighborhoods. To visually represent this powerful bond, photographer Franck Bohbot traveled around New York City to capture the city’s best barbers in their personal domains.

Bohbot’s photo series, Cuts, takes us inside each of these barbershops to show those eclectic details that have come to define New York City’s diversity. Each barbershop is a unique reflection of its neighborhood and a place where its patrons can feel comfortable with the time they spend there. Several of Bohbot’s photos reflect an environment shifting toward a hipper, more tech-savvy crowd, while others appear to be left frozen in time, offering a clear window into the history of New York City.

2. Fellow Barber, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

3. Brooklyn Barbershop, Brooklyn

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4. Tony’s Barber Shop, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

5. The New York Shaving Company, SoHo, Manhattan

Franck Bohbot

6. Ducket Barber Shop, Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

7. Ducket Barber Shop, Crown Heights

Franck Bohbot

8. Manetamed Barbershop, Williamsburg

Franck Bohbot

9. Harry’s Corner Shop, South Village, Manhattan

Franck Bohbot

10. Persons of Interest Barbershop, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

11. Claudio’s Barbershop, East Harlem, Manhattan

Franck Bohbot

12. Levels Barbershop, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

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13. Big Russ Barber Shop, Harlem, Manhattan

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14. Los Muchachos Barbershop, Spanish Harlem, Manhattan

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15. 770 Barbershop, Brooklyn

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16. Manny’s Barber, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

17. Next Level Barber Shop Inc., Little Italy, Manhattan

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18. The Stepping Razor Barbershop, Bushwick, Brooklyn

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19. Rudy’s Barbershop, Flatiron, Manhattan

Franck Bohbot

20. Quality Barbers, Upper East Side, Manhattan

Franck Bohbot

21. Tomcats Barbershop, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Franck Bohbot

22. Franck Bohbot is a French photographer living in Brooklyn. To view more of his work and the full series of Cuts, check out his website at http://www.franckbohbot.com/.