The Sultans The Sultans is a portrait series of Turkish elders. The work was produced during a month-long road trip through Anatolia, the mountains near the Mediterranean Sea, and small villages along the Aegean coast. The men have spent a lifetime living off this land at the cross roads of Europe and Asia. The name of the series “The Sultans” refers to a certain similarity the portraits have with the paintings of the Ottoman rulers that hang in the Topkapi palace. Except that the old men in the photographs have earned their regal dignity and grace the hard way. The photographs depict patriarchs in a still patriarchal society, and old men who proudly make no attempt to appear younger than they are.