30 collages showing the terrifying contrasts of our world (31 photos)

11 October 2023

Ugur Gallenkus is a famous digital artist from Istanbul, Türkiye. He gained his popularity thanks to photo collages that make us think about the global gap between the privileged and the oppressed, weaving together sorrows and joys, wealth and poverty, love and despair.

"I strive to show the social problems that plague our world, such as injustice, war, climate change, etc., by juxtaposing two photographs in one frame. My work illustrates the contrasts between the two different worlds we live in, and encourages me to think about making decisions that will minimize these problems,” says Ugur.


The boy's father, Munzir, lost his right leg due to a shrapnel wound. He was walking through a bazaar in the city of Idlib when a bomb exploded nearby. His son Mustafa was born without lower and upper limbs due to tetra-amelia, a congenital condition caused by drugs his mother Zeynep had to take after she suffered from nerve gas released during fighting in Syria.


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Mesut Hanser holds the hand of her 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the Kahramanmaras earthquake a day after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southeastern Turkey on February 7, 2023.


Rabia wears a prosthesis for the first time at the International Committee of the Red Cross orthopedic center in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on August 26, 2018.


Vicky, 4, holds a comb in her mouth as she walks at Kuluba Transit Camp, Uganda, on March 31, 2017.


5-year-old Noha Abu Mesleh in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip.


Guacamaya at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Colombia. The bird was seized from a trader who cut its beak so that it could not defend itself.


12-year-old Kurshida holds her drawing at a "Child Friendly Space" organized by UNICEF in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 21, 2017. Kurshida fled to Bangladesh from Burashidapara village in Myanmar almost a month ago. Her drawing depicts the scene she witnessed as she fled her village: the military was shooting everywhere, her house was set on fire, her niece's throat was slit while she slept, her newborn sister was shot, a helicopter was dropping bombs, and her neighbors were gunned down as they tried to escape.


A man holds his daughter, who died in an earthquake, Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 7, 2023.


A seahorse Hippocampus kuda drifts in polluted waters near the island of Sumbara, Indonesia, 2016.


Children wrapped in thermal blankets stand on the beach shortly after arriving with other refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey, October 14, 2015.


Haitian immigrants cross the Rio Grande on their way back to Mexico from Del Rio, Texas, September 20, 2021.


Smoke from a Syrian government airstrike on the rebel-held Jobar neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Damascus on August 9, 2017.


In December 2017, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the province of Ituri, robbery by armed groupsforced more than 1 million people to leave their villages.


A boy cleans up an oil spill on Itapuama beach in Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil, October 21, 2019.


Forest fires in the city of Goiás, a few kilometers from the capital of Brazil, September 2021.


Women carry water to an internally displaced persons camp in Melut, South Sudan, 2014. In a region where fighting continues, access to water is difficult. A safe water supply and proper wastewater treatment protect people from water-borne diseases such as cholera.


Children from an Al-Ataun family sit in their destroyed home in a neighborhood in eastern Gaza City, Gaza Strip.


Yousef, an 11-year-old from Syria, works at a textile factory in Gaziantep, Turkey, April 25, 2017. He is the eldest of five children. The boy starts work at 8 a.m. and goes home at 7 p.m., earning about $150 a month.


A boy drinks dirty water due to a lack of water points in Kakamega, Kenya, March 14, 2018.


A schoolgirl climbs over a broken wall near her school in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, March 25, 2015.


Rashida sells water in burning areas of Accra, Ghana, 2018.


A Syrian government fighter-bomber conducts an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Qaboun, east of the capital Damascus, May 6, 2017.


7-year-old Alesi Piri walks through a parched field, Nsanje region, Malawi, 2015.


A baby elephant is being rehabilitated after its mother was poisoned on a palm oil plantation in Sumatra.


Afghan children work at a coal yard on the outskirts of Jalalabad, April 28, 2018.


A staff member dresses in a protective suit at an Ebola treatment center in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2018.


Refugees' hands reach out for donations in the Balukhali camp, September 18, 2017.

Team USA players lift the Cup after the final match of the Women's World Cup in France, July 7, 2019.


On March 26, 1954, in the Bikini Atoll area, an explosive device codenamed "Romeo" with a yield of 11 megatons was detonated on a sea barge.


An emaciated bull stands at the site of a dried-up pond in the town of Iresteno, bordering Ethiopia, on September 1, 2022.


A man walks down the street of a destroyed city, Hatay, Turkey, February 12, 2023.

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