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March 21, 2017

Maryam Şahinyan: The First Female Photographer of Turkey

Born at Sahinyan Konagi, now known as the Camli Kösk in the city center of Sivas, Turkey. Maryam Sahinyan (1911 – 1996) was a famed photographer who is considered the first woman studio photographer in Turkey.

In 1936, Maryam was forced to dropout of the French School Sainte-Pulchérie and attended in order to help her father out in the studio. By 1937, she started managing the studio independently. Maryam Sahinyan managed the studio until 1985.

Maryam Sahinyan is considered the first woman photographer in Turkey. Her work focuses mostly on portrait, of subjects ranging from transgender people and members of disenfranchised religious and ethnic groups to wealthy women, identical twins, babies and long-haired beauties.

Here is some of her amazing work.




































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