Nazik Armenakyan

Nazik Armenakyan
Nazik Armenakyan started working as a photojournalist from 2002 at Armenpress news agency. Then she worked in Yerevan magazine, Forum magazine and Nazik completed a yearlong photojournalism course at the Caucasus Institute, organized by World Press Photo in 2004-2005 and began to take interest in doing more long-term documentary projects. A winner of several international awards she participated in many local and international group exhibitions in Armenia, USA, China, Hong Kong, India, Russia. In 2009 Nazik got Grand Prix award and First place in the "People and Faces" category in the Karl Bulla International Photo Contest for long term project ‘Survivors’. In 2011 she received fellowship from the Magnum Foundation and Documentary Photography Production Grant from Open Society Foundations. Nazik’s photographs were published in The New York Times Lens blog, Der Spiegel, Politiken, Eurasianet and other local and international publications. Nazik Armenakyan is author of two photography books. She is one of the founders of the 4 Plus, a non-profit organization that aims develop documentary photography in Armenia and empowering women through photography.

Chair of the nation

On April 23, the Republic square of Republic of Armenia was full of Armenians celebrating the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Call it the happiest and crazy holiday of Armenians of all time! While the peaceful protests of thousands citizens continue throughout Armenia, the post of Prime Minister remains vacant.

The Salt of the Earth

Two and a half minutes in the elevator and 235 m below the surface of the ground opens up a landscape of salt. With uneven relief and repeating arches the long corridor leads to an underground cave, where the relation with the world above is cut from the first moments. The underground sanatorium - the Republican Speleological Therapeutic Center - is located in the Salt mine of Yerevan’s Avan region and has operated since 1987.

War Not Peace: Unpunctuated Lives

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the longest war in the South Caucasus, with alternating phases of relative peace and escalation, including not only the Artsakh–Azerbaijan border, but also the administrative district of the Republic of Armenia.

Life until and after

When she got married she was still 18. The marriage was an escape from a difficult life. Her future husband had just returned Russia, from an outgoing work. Though he was much older than she, she thought she would get married, have children, she will struggle and live well. “It was really good at first; my husband treated me very well, his mother, father respected me,” the woman recounts. “But when I was four months pregnant, one day he came home drunk and hit me.