REFLECTION / YANSIMA, Istanbul, Turkey 1955
Istanbul American Colleges,
Spring Issue, May 1959
Almost everybody snaps pictures but few know how to use a camera as an artist uses a brush. One who does is YILDIZ MORAN, ACG’51, an attractive brunette, who has already achieved fame as a professional photographer.
As a child, she was little interested in drawing even less in photography. But one of her elders, an amateur photographer, aroused her interest. She began to think of all the possibilities it offered as a profession.
Resolved to go into photography professionally, the spent 4 years in Europe (1951-54) preparing herself. She attended several technical colleges in London and had special training with John Vickers.
Before returning to Turkey in February 1955, she put five exhibits in London and one in Cambridge. Since her return, she has had five in Istanbul and two in Ankara.
If it is a portrait the wants to do, she always chooses a type with a strong personality. To find subjects she travels a good deal especially in the interior. She says Anatolia is very inspiring from a photographic point of view.
She chooses a variety of subjects and says that no matter what the subject is as long as the essence is in it, it is interesting.
She summarizes her feelings thus: “Just drawing was not a satisfactory medium for me, so I found that satisfaction in taking pictures every time I came across a beautiful landscape or an interesting face.”