have been working on a photographic project dealing with memory since 1989. Every report leads me to places full of the history of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire where stories from my imagination took place. After the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, humanitarian help was for me the way to enter this symbolic piece of […]
Photographers Archives: Antoine Agoudjian
Antoine Agoudjian, born in 1961. His father Clément Agoudjian and his mother Ankiné Arydjian are both textile workers. The first approach with his roots was trough the Armenian dance when he was 5 years old. In 1989, after the earthquake in Armenia, he went there for one year with an ONG as “logisticien” and interpreter. He started to photograph in the periods of time out of his humanitarian work. In 1990, after his return in France, his first book about his experience in Armenia, titled Le Feu sous la Glace, was published by Editions Parenthèses. In 1992, he joined Rapho agency with Robert Doisneau’s impulse. From 1999 to 2006: he started his project on the Armenians’ History in Middle Orient. He continued in Lebanon, Syria, Armenia, Anatolia, Iraq during the war and Iran.
Through subjects which are hard, frequently morbid and often far from our everyday concerns, these photographers are taking on the primary role of the artist. They are revealing our deepest contradictions and expressing their dreams and the nightmares which we prefer to forget.
Writer(s): Alain Jullien