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.


Publisher: Handan Yılmaz
Creative Director: İlkay Gürpınar
Editor-In- Chief: Heval Okçuoğlu
Deputy Editor: Tobias Garnett
Editorial Consultant & Copy Editor: Zeynep Erekli
New York Contributing Editor: Büşra Erkara
Editorial Assistant: Melis Görmezoğlu
212 Brand Ambassador: Ayça Göker
Art Direction & Design: Balwant Ahira / Studio Ahira
Graphic Application: Sarp Sözdinler
Translators: Özge Somersan and Selçuk Somersan
212 Studio Production Team: Alida Günbilir, Ozan Akgün, Elif Cihantimur, Hazal Tıkıroğlu, Armağan Bilgin, Havva Sözer, Eray Kaya, Yusuf Arslan, Yusuf Turan