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shepherd, Nagorno Karabagh 2011
Watermelon Man, border Armenia/Turkey 2011

Neverland, photo essay by Paola Leonardi

This photo essay forms a lyrical exploration of the contended borders of Armenia and of the Self Declared Republic of Nagorno Karabagh, which the photographer has covered often on foot or hitch hiking.
These borders are to the west with long standing enemy Turkey, and to the east with Azerbaijan, where the 1991/1994 conflict saw the birth of the Self Declared Republic of Nagorno Karabagh.
The images focus on the communities that live in the contended areas and often have been subjected to forced population exchanges.
As Armenia is celebrating the 100 years anniversary of the genocide, the situation in the border areas remains tense.

Soldier, border Armenia/Turkey 2011
Bearded Man, Nagorno Karabagh, 2011
The City of Shushi, Nagorno Karabagh 2012
I Love You, Armenia/Azerbaijan border 2014
Amelia, Armenia/Turkey border 2011
Ararat, Armenia/Turkey border 2014
cemetery, Nagorno Karabagh 2011
The Holy Mountain, border Armenia/Turkey 2015
soldier 2, border Armenia/Turkey 2011
Empty, Nagorno Karabagh 2011
shepherd, Nagorno Karabagh 2011
Paola Leonardi
the authorPaola Leonardi
Paola Leonardi ( is a London based photographer as well as Lecturer in photography at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich. Since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 2006 with an MA in Image and Communication, Paola has worked both commercially as well has developing her own projects. Her work is concerned with the representation of cultural identity, its shifts and states of transition. She actively publishes and exhibits her work, which has been sponsored by the Arts Council England and European Cultural Foundation.