Since the ceasefire in 1994 Azerbaijan and Armenia have remained in deadlock over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. An internationally sponsored peace process based on closed talks between the leaders has yielded several proposals but no agreement.
In June 2014, Conciliation Resources hosted an exhibition of photographs taken in the run up to and during the Nagorny Karabakh war. These photos were shot by Giorgi Tsagareli and Shakh Aivazov. This exhibition was on display in the National Parliamentary Library in Tblisi.
Giorgi Tsagareli (1947, Tbilisi) has been a photojournalist since 1983. He has been a regular contributor to a variety of printed media and information agencies in Georgia and the Russian Federation. His portfolio includes wartime photographs from the Georgian-Abkhaz and Nagorny Karabakh conflicts, in which he documented events on the Armenian side.
Shakhvalad Aivazov Ali-Oglu (1956, Tbilisi) graduated in journalism and has been a photojournalist since 1977. From 1980 – 1992 he was employed in “Grusinform-Tass” as a photo correspondent. Since 1992 he has worked for “Associated Press” in the Caucasus. Assignments have included the first Chechen war and the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. During the Nagorny Karabakh conflict he documented events on the Azerbaijani side.
Note: These photographs are not intended to document the conflict over Nagorny Karabakh in its entirety, but represent a selection of the works of two photojournalists who covered aspects of the conflict in the period 1989 – 1994. The place names used in the photo captions reflect the terminology used by the author of “Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War” and in no way imply a position on the part of Conciliation Resources or the European Union.
The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh
This project is funded by the European Union