Oct 3, 2010

Women in Georgia

In 2009/2010 I completed another story focusing on  Women in Georgia- titled : "What will People Say?". It was planned  as a series of portraits , landscapes and ambience shots taken in  the places where those women live. I recorded interviews with them and now I am still processing that material. Here are some of the photographs taken outside the city. Soon I will post some work from the "city part" of the story. I will continue working on similar stories in other countries.

I was able to complete that work with support of OSI Documentary Photography Project .I was one of the 2009 winners of  Production Grant offered to Photographers from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. 

Armenia / Turkey / border story

Already for a while  I am working with  both  digital camera and  medium format film-cameras.
Below are few photos from the story I did on Armenia-Turkey Border , border which almost reopened in 2009.

Oct 2, 2010

Book -Shared Sorrows, Divided Lines

For last three years in my free time (and whenever I felt an inspiration) I was editing my work from last 8 years into the Book Project. Finally I came up with third version-which is something I feel connected to and represents the mood I wanted this book to have.

When I left Poland in 2002 to Georgia I gave myself 10 years to publish a book from that project-which means I should do it soon...by 2012- or earlier if possible.

Book dummy already  get some recognition. It was chosen by Marc Prust to be shown at FotoGrafia Festival 2010 in Rome, where he is a curator of an exhibition dedicated to unpublished Photography Books.
Book also received honorable mention at Blurb Photography Book Now Competition.

New York Times

And yes- one more older text on NYT Lens.Blogs page.We met with James Estrin in Perpignan in 2009 where we talked-or he took an interview . It was great to hear questions beyond usual: "why do you live in Georgia and do you like Georgian food ?".

I started to work for NYT in 2005 from Caucasus and I would consider that moment breaking point of my carrier.It was great not only because NYT photo-editors were spoiling me constantly-they  trusted my vision and never demanded "hand-shake" shoots:) .On that occasion I  also learn how to use an FTP to send photos.

(And yes I do like Georgian food.)

Canon Female Photojournalist Prize and Perpignan

In 2009 I received Canon Female Photojournalist Prize for my long time project ( now already a  book dummy) about South Caucasus. You can see an interview from last year made by  Pascal Briard during  Visa Pour l'Image Festival in Perpignan. 

This year I also had an exhibition where I showed that project after working for a year to complet it.It was great to be there as a guest of the festival:)

Migrants Assimilate, But Preserve Ethnic Identities / Turkey

my story from Eurasianet.org

Back home, their differences may run strong, but within Turkey, ethnic groups from the Caucasus often find that they have more in common than conflict. Thousands of ethnic Muslim Caucasians from Georgia, Abkhazia and the North Caucasus left their homelands in the mid-19th century as Tsarist Russia took over the region. Both ethnic Georgians and ethnic Abkhaz often settled in places near the Sea of Marmara, where the topography resembled the mountainous homelands they left behind.

Ancient Game of Lelo/ Georgia

my story (audiosleideshow)  from Eurasianet.org

Ancient Game of Lelo Pits Villager Against Villager

While the rest of the country celebrates Easter every year at home around the dinner table, one village in western Georgia marks the day with a rugby-like scramble that effectively blocks traffic for hours on the country’s East-West national highway. The game, lelo ( "goal" in Georgian), has no rules, no time-outs and no limit to the number of men who may play. The object is to bring a 16-kilogram ball, brought out by a priest, to the riverbank, where the winning team will be able to claim it and deposit it on a cemetery plot of their choice.