Dimitris Sideridis

Greece
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Dimitris Sideridis was born in Istanbul, in 1970.
He studied architectural design at AKTO College and has received a scholarship for postgraduate degree “Master Of Arts In Photography And Visual Language”, from the Midllesex University.
He has attended: History of art, and photography studies at the School of Arts of the University of Western Macedonia and University of Athens.
In 2018, he was awarded with honorable mention from the PX3 Prix de La Photographie Paris, for his work “35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε-ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC”.
He has been a freelance photojournalist for Al Jazeera Media Network, CNN Travel, EFSYN and collaborated with PRO-TV.
In 2016 he moved to Doha Qatar.

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

For 44 years, the Nicosia International Airport has remained shut, a painful relic of Cyprus’s turbulent history.
The island has effectively been divided since the '74 when Turkish forces invaded.
The airport became one of the main targets.  
The division persists to this day, with a United Nations-patrolled buffer zone cutting across the island.
Long abandoned, the airport complex has also been used over the years as one of the sites for the launch of inter-communal talks in the efforts to find a solution on the island’s impasse.
But as long as peace remains elusive, the airport’s crumbling walls and deserted landscape will only serve as a stark emblem of the island’s decades-long division.

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35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

The Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident 1E (5B-DAE)

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

A large passenger jet sits silent and still on the edge of the airport

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

Its wings wrecked and weathered by time

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

Detail from the wing

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

According to the UN, the plane’s engines were stripped during the 1974 events to be used in the repairing of another jet so that it can fly out

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

During the 1974 crisis, the airport became one of the main targets of the Turkish army. A series of air raids were launched on the site, followed by heavy and deadly fighting in its vicinity between Turkish and Greek forces

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

Interior view of the main building

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

Details of a billboard on a wall and part of the ceiling

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

The interior of the main hall of the airport

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

An old signpost

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

The building of Nicosia International Airport - facade of the building

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

Everything is covered in dust and rust, a jumble of barbed wire, broken glass and sprouting weeds

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

On this part of Europe’s last divided capital, time has long been frozen

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

The runway and in the depth, the control tower

35ο 09’00’’Ν033ο16’38’’Ε ΙΑΤΑ: NIC – ICAO: LCNC

The control tower, deserted, in the waste of time
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