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March 11, 2010

Turhan Selçuk, 1922-2010


According to wire reports, Turkish cartoonist Turhan Selçuk passed away early today in Istanbul. He died during surgery at Acidbadem Maslak Hospital, where he was a patient in intensive care.

Selçuk began his long and distinguished career as a magazine cartoonist, founding a caricature association and finding clients in a number of late 1940s magazine including Tasvir and Aydede. In 1949 he began working with his first newspaper, drawing for them as well as penning articles on the history of caricature. By 1951 he enjoyed his first exhibition and by 1954 he had founded two comics magazines (41Buçuk, Karikatur) and had released his first book, The Turhan Sel&@231;uk Caricature Album. These were considered generational moments in terms of cartoon art in the region, as opposed to solely singular achievements.

In 1955, he joined the daily newspaper Milliyet as its main cartoonist, beginning a series of employment runs at such publications that included Yeni Istanbul (1969), Aksam (1969) and Cumhuriyet (1972). Selçuk was recognized with honorary degrees, showed his work international via museum collection and tour and won several international awards.
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