Cigdem Yuksel, born in 1989, is a Dutch-Turkish photographer in the Netherlands.

She is a self-taught photographer. After her bachelor degree, Yuksel started her Master in Journalism, where she found out that her passion was mainly in visual journalism. She bought a camera and decided to focus on photography entirely.

Yuksel mostly works on assignments for the Dutch daily newspaper the Volkskrant. Next to her assignments she works on personal long-term projects.

In 2015 Yuksel made the photoseries: No Longer Without You, in which she photographed fifteen members of the Muslim community in the Netherlands. These people had entered confrontations with their communities or family members considering the topics of sexuality, religion, homosexuality and self-empowerment.  This photoseries resulted in a public exhibition in 50 tramstations through Amsterdam.

Recently, she has photographed the refugee-crisis for the newspaper. In May 2016 she traveled down to the Turkish city of Gaziantep with two other reporters in order to make a series of portraits of Syrian refugee children workingin textile and shoe factories. Upon returning, she won the prestigious Canon Silver Camera award. The jury praised the way her photoseries confronted Western consumers with the consequences of our political and economic choices.


Exhibitions

2017
01/09/2017 - 20/10/2017: Syrian child labor, De Hoofdwacht, Maastricht
12/09/2017 - 25/09/2017: Syrian child labor, Atrium Den Haag, Den Haag
08/07/2017 - 08/10/2017: Visible Faces, Post Oost, Amsterdam
01/07/2017 - 01/10/2017: Visible Faces, OBA Mercatorplein, Amsterdam
27/04/2017 - 28/05/2017: Syrian child labor, Heartgallery, Hengelo
31/04/2017 - 07/05/2017: Syrian child labor, Stevenskerk, Nijmegen
10/03/2017 - 12/03/2017: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, Ostade Amsterdam, Amsterdam
05/02/2017 - 12/03/2017: Syrian child labor, Museum Hilversum, Hilversum
13/01/2017 - 13/03/2017: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, OBA Javaplein, Amsterdam

2016
03/11/2016 - 08/01/2017: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
26/07/2016 - 07/08/2016: ZENNE, COC's Shakespeare Club, Amsterdam
02/06/2016 - 09/06/2016: Visible Faces, Stara Gradska Vijecnica, Croatia
01/05/2016 - 30/06/2016: Visible Faces, Huis van de Wijk Olympus, Amsterdam
28/04/2016 - 05/05/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, WOW Amsterdam, Amsterdam
16/03/16 - 20/03/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, Theater Stut, Utrecht
12/03/16 - 15/03/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, De Put, Rotterdam
09/03/16 - 11/03/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, MFC Presikhaven, Arnhem
08/03/16 - 08/03/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, De Mussen, Den Haag
01/03/16 - 06/03/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, De Dommel, Eindhoven
18/02/16 - 24/02/16: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, Vrouw&Vaart, Amsterdam
07/12/15 – 07/01/16: ZENNE, De Balie, Amsterdam

2015
01/08/15 - 01/12/15: Visible Faces, Huis van de Wijk Osdorp, Amsterdam
03/06/15 - 22/06/15: Niet Meer Zonder Jou, public exhibition in 50 tramstations in Amsterdam
19/01/15 - 20/03/15: Visible Faces, De Honingraat, Amsterdam

2014
01/01/14 - 30/10/14: Visible Faces, Vrouw&Vaart, Amsterdam

2013
30/10/13 - 30/12/13: Visible Faces, OBA Slotervaart, Amsterdam
30/07/13 - 20/10/13: Visible Faces, IHLIA, Centrale Bibliotheek, Amsterdam
01/04/13 - 28/07/13: Visible Faces, OBA Osdorp, Amsterdam
12/02/13 - 17/02/13: Visible Faces, Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam
20/12/12 - 27/03/13: Visible Faces, OBA Slotermeer, Amsterdam

Awards
Paul Peters Photo Prize 2018 - jurymember
Canon Zilveren Camera Award 2016 - winner
Dutch Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 - nomination

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