Film historian Agah Özgüç has passed away

Association of Cinematographers (Siyad), Agah ÖzgucWe are deeply saddened by the loss of Agah Özgüç, a member of our association, a veteran film researcher and prolific writer who left countless works and archives to Turkish cinema.


Özgüç was born in Istanbul in 1932 and studied at Yeşilköy Pension Elementary School and Haydarpaşa High School.

In the 1950s, Özgüç wrote poetry and essays for many literary magazines such as Sail, Honeycomb, Poets Yaprağı, Turkish Art and Salkım. In 1961 he began professional journalism.

Özgüç worked mainly in the film magazines of the time, such as “Artist”, “Cinema”, “Ses” and “Perde”, and in the field of cinema “7 Days”, “Video News”, “Development Cinema”, “White Screen”, “Cumhuriyet”. He wrote for magazines such as “Magazine”, “Antrakt”, “Cinema”, “Album” and “Öküz”.

Agah Özgüç contributed footage from his private archive to many broadcasters, acted as consultant for cinema documentaries and directed the 12 issues of Sinema 65 magazine.

Özgüç, who was the first cinematographer to receive the “Golden Artemis Award” from Dokuz Eylül University Fine Arts Faculty for his contributions to Turkish cinema in 1992, received the Cinema Award from Ankara Art Institute in 1992-1993.

Özgüç received the “Aziz Nesin Labor Award” at the 2nd Ankara International Film Festival in 1999. In 2000, the Cinema Writers Association presented the Labor Award.

Some of the books by Agah Özgüç who also wrote many works in the field of cinema are as follows:

“Turkish Film Dictionary”, “Turkish Cinema Censorship Files”, “My Friend Yılmaz Güney”, “Memories on Napkin Paper”, “Ten Women in Turkish Cinema”, “Yıldız Güney with All Her Films”, “Premieres in Turkish Cinema”, “From a Cinema Diary” Notes”, “Turkish Cinema in its 80’s Present”, “Dictionary of Turkish Filmmakers”

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