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.