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Raz Xaidan • ڕاز خه‌یدان

"I am not a writer lost for words, I am not a photographer on the quest for a model, nor am I a Kurd in search for my identity." Raz Xaidan is a Kurdish photographer and writer under the alias The Darling Beast. Follow her at

Born in Sweden but raised in London, Raz’s roots delve deep into the soils of Kurdistan. As a child, she often returned to her motherland and this strengthened her identity and bond with the Kurdish cause. As a self-described "lens woman", she has been dedicated to photographing Kurds and Kurdistan since 2013. Her photos reveal the mesmeric faces and vibrant culture that can be found on Kurdish soil.

Concentrating mainly on character photography, Raz chases the traditional, quiet, and rural corners of the land to give insight to the life of everyday Kurds. She is one of few female photographers to achieve success, and also one of the few to not focus on the modern, and one of even fewer to take up activism through her work.

وێنه‌گرو نوسه‌ر ێکی کوردە له‌ ژێر نازناوی
"The Darling Beast"
له‌دایکبووی سویده‌ و له‌ له‌نده‌ن گه‌وره‌ بووه‌ ، ڕه‌گه‌کانی ڕاز ده‌گه‌ڕێنه‌وه‌ خاکی کوردستان ، ئه‌و کاتانه‌ی له‌ منداڵی گه‌ڕاوه‌ته‌وه‌ کوردستان وای کردووه‌ که‌ که‌سایه‌تیه‌کی نه‌ته‌وه‌یی دروست بکات و هاوخه‌می باسی کورد بێت