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MUNIF FEHIM OZERMAN

(1899, Istanbul, 1983, Istanbul)

The son of the renowned actor Ahmed Fehim, Munif at an early age did the sets for a play by Musahipzade Celal entitled Istanbul Efendisi (An Istanbul Gentleman). After graduating from a school in Scutari he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts, and in the 1910s illustrated a book by Leyla Saz. He did sets and costumes for Turkish films, and his first drawings were published in the magazine Fagfur.

In 1921 Fehim was hired as an artist by the newspaper Ileri, while in 1924 he teamed with some writers to put out a humor magazine called Kelebek (Butterfly), for which he was the chief artist. He also illustrated classical Turkish poetry in Refik Halid's magazine Aydede, these illustrations later being collected in an album entitled Siir Bahceleri (Gardens of Verse).

In 1937 Fehim had his first exhibition, together with Cemal Nadir at Istanbul's Taksim Kristal Gazino. He worked for such magazines and newspapers as Akbaba, Ikdam, Vakit, Mizah, Son Posta, Cumhuriyet, Tan, Yedigun and Yirminci Asir, and in 1940 illustrated books entitled Elli Turk Buyugu (Fifty Great Turks) and Dunden Hatiralar (Memories of Yesteryear). During the 1950s he drew for the magazine Resimli Tarih Mecmuasi (Illustrated History) published by Server Iskit.
Fehim's illustrations left their stamp on one period of publishing, as he drew for both newspapers and magazines, treating historical subjects and recent life in Istanbul with a keen, documenting eye.