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 her the studio and stage photography experience. Moran opened her first exhibition in Cambridge in 1953 and five more followed in London, all drawing considerable attention. After touring various European countries with her Rolleiflex and preparing a photography book on Spain and Portugal, Moran returned to Turkey in 1954. Between 1955 and 62, she forged ahead with her solo shows and studio shootings. Her last exhibition was in 1970 in Istanbul, until Pera Museum (2013) and IstanbulModern Museum (2019) hosted two major retrospectives, both accompanied by monographies. In 1982, Yıldız Moran, Turkey's first professional woman to take photographs with an academic education, was presented 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. The artist's works are most recently exhibited at the "I-You-Them: A Century of Artist Women" in Meşher Museum.