Historical remnants from the city on the sea – how Armenian merchants came to dominate the textile trade of Amsterdam.
“These are works of art,” gushes Pierre Terjanian enthusiastically, as he walks me through some of the more than 14,000 spectacular objects from Europe, Japan, the Moslem world and the Americas in the Arms and Armor collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. “I see these objects differently each time I look at them. It’s an invitation to find out more about them,” he relates, his eyes glowing with excitement.
The 2012 Shushi Art Project unified artists with a common desire to populate and reinvigorate the streets and hills around the ancient capital of Artsakh, Shushi with their modern works.
Lee Abrahamian is a bubbling bundle of energy as she sprints into her office at the world famous Metropolitan Opera in New York where I am waiting for her, greeting me with an enthusiastic “Parev. Is that a good start”? And from there, it’s nothing but high spirits as she answers the phone, which rings every few minutes, or runs off to a ten-minute meeting every half hour with Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. All this activity causes a one and a half hour interview to last three and a half hours. She smiles easily and speaks openly and passionately.
Robert Frank once said, “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” Following his description, Scout Tufankjian is not just a photographer; she is a true visionary of photojournalism.