Sabiha Çimen is a self-taught Turkish photographer; she is a member of Magnum Photos.
She works on long-term documentary projects focusing on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life.
Her first project "Hafiz" focuses on the daily life of young girls in Quran schools in Turkey. It was initiated in 2017 and allowed Sabiha Çimen to receive a World Press Photo Award and a Canon Female Photojournalist Grant in 2020.
The photobook "Hafiz" was then published in 2022 by Red Hook Editions and received the Aperture Foundation / Paris Photo "First Photobook Award" that year.
© Portrait taken from the Magnum Photos website (uncredited)
Presentation by Red Hook Editions: " Sabiha Çimen spent three years photographing Girl Quran Schools in five cities in Turkey, a subject that she knows very well since she attended the same schools when she was a teenager with her twin sister. After becoming a photographer, she returned to those schools to work on her project that has now become the...