23 May 2014, 16:11
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The Armenian Diaspora Project

Photojournalist Scout Tufankjian has launched a Kickstarter fundraiser for The Armenian Diaspora Project.

With mere hours left, Tufankjian, a photographer who covered Senator Barack Obama's campaign for President of the United States, aims to tell the story of the Armenian people largely known only for their role as the victims in one of the first genocides of the 20th century.

To date, her original pledged goal of $35,000 has been surpassed by more than $20,000 and over 400 backers.

"This project is not, however, about victimhood. It is a portrait of survival," said Tufankjian, according to the page.

"For the past four years, driven by a desire to show the strength and diversity of the Armenian people, I have been documenting Armenian communities from Lebanon to Ethiopia to Brazil. Up until now, the project has been completely self-funded—using the now-depleted proceeds from my previous bestselling book on the first Obama campaign. I am currently seeking funding to complete the project in time for a book release in April 2015, the centennial of the Armenian Genocide."

Tufankjian was featured in a profile of the March/April 2012 issue of Yerevan Magazine.
(Read here: http://imyerevan.com/en/magazine/article/1643/Capturing%20History%20in%20the%20Making)

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