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First Woman Artist in the Eczacıbaşı Photographers Series

First Woman Artist in the Eczacıbaşı Photographers Series

Yıldız Moran is the subject of the Eczacıbaşı Photographers Series’ latest retrospective, now available in bookstores. Published by the Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı Foundation as part of its long-running tradition in photography, this annual series focuses on the work of an acclaimed photographic artist from Turkey, which it presents to the reader in its artistic entirety.
 
This volume of the series looks at the life and work of Yıldız Moran, Turkey’s first academically-trained professional woman photographer. A good-natured young woman filled with hope about life, soon to leave her profession to become a mother, Moran tries to understand and relate the unique sensitivity of Anatolian people through her photographs, which overflow with art through their use of color and pattern.  Her life and art, in which she projects her love for people and life with unabashed sincerity, are explained in this book through anecdotes.
 
Merih Akoğul is the editor of this eighth volume of the Eczacıbaşı Photographers Series, which was conceived and designed by Bülent Erkmen. As always, the publication’s text is in Turkish and English.
 
In his preface to the book, Merih Akoğul has the following to say about Yıldız Moran and her work:
 
“Yıldız Moran, with her influential works, is like a majestic mountain in the Republican Period of Turkey’s photographic art. In order to understand her sublimity and appreciate her value, one needs to look long and hard at her life and works. The atmosphere Moran reflected in her photographs seems to have leapt out of a magical mountain tale. Our country’s photographic art discipline owes a debt of gratitude to Yıldız Moran for teaching an altogether different language that has in its essence love for humanity.”



Anatolia, 1955


Anatolia, 1955


Kids, Anatolia, 1955


Diliskelesi, Kocaeli, 1954 


Nazare, Portugal, 1952