212 Magazine #5

212 is a biannual magazine based out of Istanbul, published and distributed internationally. It contains short fiction and long-form reportage, distinctive photo essays and revealing interviews. Even though it was born in the city where east meets west (as the love-worn cliche goes), the magazine seeks to transcend the loaded dichotomies of Istanbul's favourite metaphor, and extends its gaze far beyond the region.

The name “212” comes from the area code for Istanbul, but it also happens to be the area code for New York – a piece of misdirection that’s characteristic of the magazine’s ethos: as soon as you try too hard to close in on your subject it has a habit of defying you. Rather than pigeonholing ideas into narrow parameters, 212’s contributors trace connections that will surprise and delight.

Each issue is centred around a loose theme and has two editions: English and Turkish. 212 aims to be as challenging as it is influential – to provide an inclusive space for ideas and perspectives to mix without prejudice and better interrogate social, artistic and cultural phenomena from the region and around the world.



The idle issue, for spring / summer 2018.

Time is flying by. We decided to name this issue the idle issue after the very concept of the indefinite continued progression of existence and the attempts to focus on how life as we know it can be perceived at a completely different pace.

Our new cover story by Laura Marie Cieplik features artist Chloe Wise styled by Camille-Joséphine Teisseire.

Issue v includes;

An interview with Francis Ford Coppola,
fashion stories by Samuel Bradley and Osma Harvilahti,
photo essays by Helena Bomqvist and Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Polish photography initiative Eastreet and Burcu Bocekler, artworks by nes’e erdok, a profound translation of Erasmus’ festina lente for new eyes and minds 
and articles on anechroic chambers, proto-idlers and chronophotography.

Plus, read about reading itself; the peculiar intimacy of it all and arts writer Anna Wallace-Thompson’s essay in praise of undergrowth.

We all need downtime sometimes, and now it seems we need it more than ever. We are hoping that in between these pages you can find fuel for inspiration throughout the idyllic days of spring and summer.

Contributors on this issue

Alexander Dawe, Anna Wallace Thompson, Barbara Pfister, Burcu Böcekler, Camille Joséphine Teisseire, François Briens, Guillaume Villadier, Helena Blomqvist, Jade Centaure, Jessica Mary Ellis, Konca Aykan, Kota Suizu, Laura Marie Cieplik, Laura O’Rorke, Lili Choi, Liza Premiyak, Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Maxime Macé, Mehmet Ekinci, Mehmet Said Aydın, Neslihan Denizer, Nicole O’Rourke, Otto Steinmayer, Pierre-Olivier Boulzaguet, Quentin Daumont, Samuel Bradley, Sandra Berrebi, Siddhartha Simone Bekers, Sokol Ferizi, Ünal Turhan, Xavi Bou, Yann Perreau.