In your bag No: 422 – Cengiz Yar Jr


by Bellamy /

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In your bag 422, Cengiz Yar Jr
Today we have the real deal, a working war photographers bag. Cengiz Yar Jr has recently spent time in Syria, documenting the freedom fighters and the civil war, and this is the bag that he took with him. Come and have a look into a bag we rarely get to see.

Hello, my name is Cengiz Yar Jr. and I’m a documentary photographer based in Chicago. I carry a variety of bags depending on where and what I’m shooting.
In December I traveled to Syria to spend time documenting the civil war. I had a large duffle bag packed with medical supplies, warm winter clothing, my computer, cameras, body armor, as well as chocolate, cigarettes and other types of small bribes. After about an hour drive from the Turkish border, my driver dropped me off at a safe house where I spent the night. In the morning a translator arrived (a day late) and asked me what I wanted to do and how long I wanted to go into Aleppo for. I explained that I wanted to meet with a militia and go in for a day or two. He said it was no problem and said we should go now. Right now. I packed the below bags, put on my body armor, grabbed my helmet and followed him out the door.
About an hour later I was crushed in the back of an old Hyundai with Free Syrian Army fighters smoking cigarettes driving towards Aleppo. They asked me how long I was going to stay with them in the city for, to which I responded a day or two. They laughed, paused appropriately, and said they were heading in for two months and didn’t know how I was going to get back to the safe house. So I had the equipment below and the clothes and armor on my back for a week in Aleppo before I finally made it out again. If you notice, deodorant and a toothbrush are missing.

Domke f-5xc
Eddie Bauer Trailhead
Powepro Lens Case 9 x 13cm

Cameras and other Equipment
Lens Baby strap
Some old strap a friend gave me years ago
First Ascent Soft Shell Gloves
Apple Headphones
iPhone charger cable
GoPro charger cable
Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation
Princeton Tec Byte Headlamp
Targus memory card case
Scandisk 32gb
PNY 32gb
Toshiba 8gb
Kingston 4 gb
Nikon MB-15 High Power Pack and Grip for F100
Cheap plastic glasses
Mini Maglite LED 2-Cell
Moleskin notebook
2 sanford uni ball onyx pens
2 EN-EL3e Nikon batteries
6 loose AA Duracell batteries
1 Kodak Portra-800
4 Kodak Portra-400
1 Kodak Ektar-100
iPhone 5
GoPro Hero 2
GoPro watertight case with camera flashshoe mount
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 28mm f/3.5
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon D90
Nikon F100

Medical Equipment
500 mg tablets of Ciprofloxacin
2 mg tablets of Imodium
25 mg tablets of Meclizine Hydrochloride
Glass vile of Lidocaine
Lip balm
Medical taps
Hand sanitizer
Isopropyl Alcohol prep pads
Iodine prep pads
Triple Antibiotic Ointment tube
Long-noose tweezers
bottle of Diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg tablets
2 Portable Agua water purification tablets
bottle of Wal-Zy 10 mg tablets
bandage roll
assorted bandaids
packs of sterile sutures
2 large gauze rolls
small gauze pads
6 rubber gloves

Typical day in Aleppo bag

Domke f-5xc
iPhone 5
GoPro Hero 2
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Nikon D90
Nikon F100
2 rolls of film
2 memory cards
moleskin notebook
sanford uni ball onyx pen

Cheers all,
Cengiz Yar Jr.

Twitter: (mainly updates on global conflicts and photojournalism)
Instagram: (iPhone only)

Thanks for sharing your Bag with us Cengiz, I really appreciate it as it must have been quite an undertaking to put this together.
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12 comments on “In your bag No: 422 – Cengiz Yar Jr”

    panpatryk February 13, 2013 at 7:43 am / Reply

    Nikon D90 for war photographer? Looks really strange, but probably made it task.

    Garret February 13, 2013 at 11:11 am / Reply

    This is great! Encouraging too, I just purchased a Nikon F100 a few days ago (even more confident I made a great decision! ha )

    jenquest February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm / Reply

    Highly interesting indeed. Stay safe!

    Alex February 14, 2013 at 1:12 am / Reply

    Very nice

    weelzup February 16, 2013 at 8:25 am / Reply

    Makes me want to do more with my D90!!!

    von Hayek February 17, 2013 at 12:54 am / Reply

    These “freedom fighter” are as brutal as the Assad thugs they’re fighting against. Please objectively bear this in mind. The ranks of these insurgents are full of recent ‘defected’ officers of the old regime looking for a way put, and thousands of soulless jihadists from across the world looking to do nothing more that slit throats. No heroes here, just the stacked corpses of innocent civilians.

    Thomas Roessler March 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm / Reply

    What an interesting bag. It shows once again that a photographers success depends on so many more things than his camera.

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