Ayten Tartici is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate, among other publications. (March 2019)


Turkey’s Photography Doyenne

Yıldız Moran: Mother, Tatvan, 1956

The first academically trained Turkish female photographer, Yıldız Moran is enjoying a much deserved revival in Turkey, with some of her photographs being exhibited for the first time. An exhibition of eighty-six of her photographs now at Istanbul Modern is an effort not only to bring to light the work of an outstanding female artist but also to showcase Turkish Republican art. Despite the sweeping social changes overtaking Turkey during this period, Moran’s photographs do not explicitly address those tectonic shifts. Perhaps due to the technical education she received in England, Moran was instead drawn to unconventional compositions of everyday subjects, both urban and rural.