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Yıldız Moran: A Mountain Tale | Istanbul Modern

24 November 2018 - 12 May 2019

In the exhibition “Yıldız Moran: A Mountain Tale”, Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery presents the works of Yıldız Moran (1932-1995), Turkey’s first academically trained woman photographer.

In her photographs of Anatolia in particular, Yıldız Moran carved a unique area for herself by interweaving love of humanity, artistic sensitivity, and photographic intuition. This impressionistic aesthetic laced with lyricism is the most important feature of Moran’s photographs, in which she careful merged the people she photographed with the land they inhabited.

Curated by Merih Akoğul, the exhibition “Yıldız Moran: A Mountain Tale” brings together 86 black and white photographs taken over the course of 12 years on a variety of subjects, including nature, abstraction,  portraits, everyday life, Anatolia, Istanbul, and places abroad. Some of these photographs are seeing the light of day for the first time. The number of photographs featured in the exhibition also serves as an homage to the artist, who would have been 86 years old today if she were alive.