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Trailblazer for female photographers

Posted on 5 December 2013

Yıldız Moran (1932-1995), the first female photographer of Turkey to have received an academic training in photography, has finally got her well deserved exhibition at the lovely Pera Museum. For the first time the younger generations will also be able to see the work over this trailblazer for female photographers in Turkey.Yıldız Moran - 08

Moran began her career in photography with great passion, only to give it up after marrying Özdemir Asaf, another great passion in her life; nevertheless, during her brief career, Moran was able to produce significant work after studying with the famous photographer John Vickers in Britain. Her first solo exhibition in Cambridge was followed by several others in Istanbul, Ankara, London, and Edinburgh.

Besides her technical prowess and her masterful use of light, Yıldız Moran was a photographer who put her soul, intellect, and heart – in other words her whole self – into her work, thereby lending depth to her images. This comprehensive exhibition, a “retrospective” in a sense, aims to present Moran’s inner voice through a new reading that focuses on the traces of her visibility within the history of Turkish and international photography.

With many photographs to be seen for the first time (along with a limited number of others Moran has become famous for), the exhibition offers an opportunity to meet a figure that had until now remained in the dark – the first “schooled” female photographer of Turkey.

This exhibition: November 27, 2013 – January 19, 2014.

Pera Museum

Visiting Hours

Tuesday – Saturday       10.00 – 19.00

Sunday                             12.00 – 18.00

The Museum is closed on Mondays.


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