Yıldız Moran

Yıldız Moran left Robert College in her last year in 1950 and went to England to study photography at the suggestion of her art historian uncle Mazhar Şevket İpşiroğlu. She studied photography at Bloomsbury Technical College and then at the Ealing Technical College between 1950-52. She began to work with famous photographer John Vickers of Old Vic Theatre. She successfully combined the technical and theoretical knowledge she gained during her education with the experience she gained in studio and stage shooting. Moran opened her first exhibition in Cambridge in 1953. In 1954, five more exhibitions took place in London and they attracted great interest. She toured various European countries. Moran returned to Turkey in 1954 after preparing a photography book on Spain and Portugal. She opened five persoal exhibitions between 1955 and 62. Her last exhibition wwas in 1970 in Istanbul; then she took part only in retrospective exhibitions. She quit professional photography and started working as a lexicographer and translator. In 1982, she was honored with an honorary membership by the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts, Institute of Photography, for her contributions to the art of photography in Turkey. Yıldız Moran is Turkey's first professional woman to take photographs with an academic education. The artist's works are most recently exhibited at the exhibition "Me-You-Them: The Century of Artist Women" in Meşher, curated by Deniz Artun, and viewed in the exhibition NevNadir: O! which is performed every two years at Galeri Nev.