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Benjamin Hiller is a photographer and journalist living in Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1982 into a German-American family. After studying ethnology (i.e. social anthropology with majors in ritual and dynamics, as well as visual anthropology) for several semesters at the Heidelberg university he moved to Nuremberg to absolve a professional trade school for photography. He has been living in Berlin since 2010 and works as a freelance photographer and journalist. A list of exhibits, book publications and additional qualifications: - Single Exhibition at the 2. International Browse Photofestival Berlin/Germany June 2012 - Book "Die Pfalz: Am Vortag der Energiewende." for the Green Party Rhineland Palatinate December 2011 - Single Exhibition at the international Photo-Festival "Browse Festival" in Berlin/Germany in June 2011 - International Group photo-exhibition "Meet the Photographers" at the Phototeke in Berlin/Germany in February-March 2011 - Self-published book "Six Chapters" about the cultural "clash" in South Korea November 2010 - Single Exhibition "backstreet blues - The Southwest of the USA" at the Cozmic Galerie in Berlin/Germany in October 2010 - Group exhibition „History of the 1st of May in Turkey“ at several public places in Istanbul and Ankara/Turkey in 2009 - Single Exhibition at the Karsi Sanat Art Galery, Istanbul/Turkey in 2009 - Single Exhibition "City Line" during the "Cultural Summer” in Ludwigshafen/Germany in 2007 - Group photo-exhibition to the topic "00:05" at the "Schloss Alomoshof in Nuremberg/Germany in 2004/05 - Speaker at the Panel-Discussion "Between Peace and Bloodshed: What will the Future of the Middle East be?" during the 2. International Browse Photofestival Berlin/Germany June 2012 - Attendee of the 8. Academy for Journalism, Citizens Media, Public relations & Media Competence (LIMA) in Berlin/Germany March 2011 - Graduate of the Lecture Series "Human Rights in a Globalized World" from Human Rights Watch at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin 2010/2011 - Graduate of the first a.d.f. (“Arbeitskreis digitale Fotografie”) Summer Academy, sponsored by MAGNUM, Nikon, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard and Profifoto 2007 Current Clients/Publications: Weekendavisen (Denmark), The Guardian (UK), TIME US (Online), Egypt Independent (Egypt), Somalilandpress (Somalia), FAZ & FAZ am Sonntag (Germany), taz & taz online (Germany), Der Freitag (Germany), Handelszeitung Schweiz (Switzerland), Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DK), Dagbladet Information Newspaper (DK) etc.

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A female Kurdish fighter shoots in th...
Derik, Derik, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

A female Kurdish fighter shoots in the direction of Syrian soldiers in the city of Derik. Around 80 Syrian army soldiers did not surrender during the takeover of the city by Kurdish forces. Fighting broke out and lasted for several hours.

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A Kurdish fighter peaks around a corn...
Derik, Derik, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

A Kurdish fighter peaks around a corner during fighting with Syrian soldiers in the city of Derik. Around 80 Syrian army soldiers did not surrender during the takeover of the city by Kurdish forces. Fighting broke out and lasted for several hours.

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A female figher of the Kurdish self d...
Syria
By benjaminhiller
27 Jul 2012

A female figher of the Kurdish self defense forces YPG watches the movement on the Iraqi side of the boder. Kurdish fighters have taken several Syrian border posts under control in the recent days.

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A female figher of the Kurdish self d...
Syria
By benjaminhiller
27 Jul 2012

A female figher of the Kurdish self defense forces YPG watches the movement on the Iraqi side of the boder. Kurdish fighters have taken several Syrian border posts under control in the recent days.

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The border passing between Kobani and...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The border passing between Kobani and the Turkish state. The Turkish army watches every move of the people in the Kurdish city of Kobani carefully. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The first new Kurdish police car in K...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The first new Kurdish police car in Kobani. It was an former Syrian police car and painted over with Kurdish colors and language. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The first new Kurdish police car in K...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The first new Kurdish police car in Kobani. It was an former Syrian police car and painted over with Kurdish colors and language. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The first new Kurdish police car in K...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The first new Kurdish police car in Kobani. It was an former Syrian police car and painted over with Kurdish colors and language. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The first new Kurdish police car in K...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The first new Kurdish police car in Kobani. It was an former Syrian police car and painted over with Kurdish colors and language. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The first new Kurdish police car in K...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The first new Kurdish police car in Kobani. It was an former Syrian police car and painted over with Kurdish colors and language. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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A heavily armed Kurdish fighter posin...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

A heavily armed Kurdish fighter posing at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

Heavily armed Kurdish fighters at an newly set up checkpoint at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The newly elected Kurdish mayor of Ko...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The newly elected Kurdish mayor of Kobani, Ehmed Sexo, explains his vision of a Kurdish autonomy inside the borders of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The newly elected Kurdish mayor of Ko...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

The newly elected Kurdish mayor of Kobani, Ehmed Sexo, explains his vision of a Kurdish autonomy inside the borders of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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An armed Kurdish fighter secures a ol...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

An armed Kurdish fighter secures a old regime building, taken over by the Kurdish movement, at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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An armed Kurdish fighter secures a ol...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
24 Jul 2012

An armed Kurdish fighter secures a old regime building, taken over by the Kurdish movement, at the city of Kobani in the Northwest of Syria. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Kurdish activists give old Syrian id ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
23 Jul 2012

Kurdish activists give old Syrian id cards back to their Kurdish owners in the city of Kobani. During military service the ID card was taken away by Syrian officials. As many Kurdish soldiers defect they now can get back their id card without problems. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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Kurdish activists give old Syrian id ...
Kobani, Aleppo, Syria
By benjaminhiller
23 Jul 2012

Kurdish activists give old Syrian id cards back to their Kurdish owners in the city of Kobani. During military service the ID card was taken away by Syrian officials. As many Kurdish soldiers defect they now can get back their id card without problems. The city of Kobani was the first Kurdish city freed from Assad forces in Syria.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attack. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attack. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attack. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attack. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The wife (m) of Rad Mecid Sexmus, a K...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The brother and mother of Rad Mecid S...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The brother and mother of Rad Mecid S...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.

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The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sex...
Al Qamishlo, Qamishli, Syria
By benjaminhiller
22 Jul 2012

The Kurdish civil guard Rad Mecid Sexmus was shot at an Kurdish roadblock, set up in the city of Al Qamishlo, by Syrian soldiers during a nightly attacked. Since two days clashes between the Kurdish militia YPG and Syrian forces erupted in the Northeast of Syria while the Kurdish movement took over several cities from Assad.