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Murat Yazar (born in 1978) is a Kurdish photographer, based in Rome. Murat is from Eastern Turkey and he studied Tourism at Harran University in Turkey. In 2006, he worked with Turkey's leading photographers at Fototrek Photography Center in Istanbul. He has been working as a freelance photographer since 2008. Yazar has created photo projects in his home country, in the Middle East, Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Europe. Murat crossed Anatolia into Georgia by walking 1200 km as part of the Out of Eden Walk project.

Exhibitions Include:

Shadows of Kurdistan - A photographic research of a cultural identity; 

•  Corto Dorico Film Festival, Italy / Babel Film Festival, Italy / Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay, Canada / Paris Kurdish İnstitute, France 

 

Saturday Mothers;

Cegerxwin Cultural Center, Diyarbakir

 

Ararat-After The Flood: 

•  Visa pour l'Image Perpignan, France (screening show )

 

We are Refugees;

  BarrObjektif Festival, France / • Centre Cívic Can Basté, Spain

A walk through Anatolia: 

  BarrObjektif Festival, France

 

Face of Mesopotamia;

•  Sprachenatelier Berlin, Germany

 

Publications Include: 

National Geographic Magazine / Now Magazine / IZ Magazine / Le Courrier The New York Times / Artribune magazine / Travel Globe Magazine 

Grants and Awards Include:

Shadows of Kurdistan "Istituto italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente" (ISMEO) e Istituto Kurdo di Roma

​• Collaboration project with Rochester and Cornell universities: After curfew Silvan and Sur in Turkey.

MonoVisions Black & White Photography Awards Winner 2019

Sony World Photography Awards shortlist winner in 2020

The Grand Prize winner of 2020 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition in 2020

​• PX3 Paris 2020 Winner - Prize Silver in Book/Documentary

Siena International Photo Award 2020 / Prize Honorable mention

Published Book: 

Shadows of Kurdistan. A photographic research of a cultural identity