Here are photographs I took while in Turkey during the summer of 2012. I was based in Istanbul — that romantic, chaotic, hilly, panoramic, daring and holy city straddling two continents. From there I ventured east to report on the aftermath of the earthquake in Van. I went south to Mardin, where I saw for the first time a landscape whose name I knew only from history books: Mesopotamia. Next I visited the historic walled city of Diyarbakir, or Amed, as the proud Kurdish residents call their stronghold. Then it was on to Sanliurfa, where I wandered the covered walkways of the caravanserai to escape the baking heat.