/ 2020 / Book / Documentary

Shadows of Kurdistan

  • Prize
    Silver in Book/Documentary
  • Photographer
    Murat Yazar

I was born in Kurdistan part of Turkey. For us, Kurdish was the language used for communicating, until I went to school.
After a long period assimilation in Turkish culture and language, i began to explore the Kurdish areas through photography, examining our culture and daily life. I have started to take photos in Turkey, and then I took photos in Iran and Iraq Kurdistan. In four countries (with in Syria) our population is around 35 millions. For a long time, it was forbidden to speak Kurdish. Impacted by these experiences, I have titled my project, “Shadows of Kurdistan”.

b. 1978, Mesopotamia
Murat Yazar’s photography questions whether imposed borders or boundaries are the mark of our humanity. His photographic projects seek to bring people together, with details and differences celebrated in a single book or exhibition room. Murat is a Kurdish photographer from Eastern Turkey. He has created photo projects in his home country and in the Middle East, Armenia, Georgia, and Europe. Murat crossed Anatolia into Georgia by walking 1200 km as part of the Out of Eden project.

Awards MonoVisions Black & White Photography Awards Winner 2019