4Plus is an collective by Armenian women photographers with the aim to develop documentary photography and to empower women in Armenia and beyond.
Empowering not only women photographers, and women in general, but all those whose rights are being violated, by bringing their issues to light, has been the core of our activity. Each one of us has been committed to documenting social issues, violations of human rights and visualising cultural particularities for many years.
We also organise workshops, exhibitions and lectures. 4Plus was founded in 2012, current members are Anahit Hayrapetyan, Nazik Armenakyan, Nelli Shishmanyan and Piruza Khalapyan.
Nazik Armenakyan started working as a photojournalist from 2002 at Armenpress news agency. Then she worked in Yerevan magazine, Forum magazine and ArmeniaNow.com. 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 co-founders of the 4 Plus.
Anahit Hayrapetyan is a photographer and a poet. She studied IT at the State Engineering University of Armenia and photojournalism at Caucasus Media Institute, as well as at Danish Media School of Journalism. Anahit Hayrapeyan got many prizes for her photography and poetry. Her works were published in Eurasianet, NYT, BBC, The Guardians and others. Anahit’s works were exhibited worldwide.
She has published the poetry books “Poems” in 2002, “Taboo” in 2005, “The pretty” in 2015 and the photobook “Princess to slave”, published by FotoEvidence in 2015, which tells about violence against women in Armenia. Anahit Hayrapetyan is a cofounder of 4Plus Documentary Photography Center.
Piruza Khalapyan started her photographic carrier after completing a yearlong photojournalism course at the Caucasus Institute, organized by World Press Photo in 2005-2006. Then she studied at Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography, specialization of documentary film director. She has worked as photo editor in “Patker” Photo Agency and “National Geographic Traveler Armenia” magazines. As a photographer she was cooperating Medialab.am, Forum and Newmag magazines, ArmeniaNow.com. Piruza had personal and group exhibitions in Armenia, Georgia, France and other countries.She participated in a several workshops with Patrick Sutherland, Yuri Kozyrev, Andrei Polikanov, Adrian Kelterborn, Doug Blush. From 2008-2009 she participated in “Close to Home” and “Living Together” touring exhibition, British Council. In 2011 she got 1st prize in the British Councils Na/Ne Media Award. In 2013 Piruza received Documentary Photography Production Grant from Open Society Foundations, Project Grants. In 2017 Khalapyan got production grant from Armenia Art Foundation.
From 2016 Piruza Khalapyan is a member of 4 Plus, a non-profit cooperative that aims to develop documentary photography in Armenia and empower women through photography.
Nelli Shishmanyan is a freelance photographer who began her career in 2006 after completing a yearlong photojournalism course at the Caucasus Institute, organized by World Press Photo. Shishmanyan participated in several international and regional photography-related projects, her works were exhibited in Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey. She has contributed to ArmeniaNow and Hetq, and her photographs have been published in the Enter (World Press Photo), Financial Times UK, Newsweek Russia, Ogoniok Magazine, National Geographic Traveler – Armenia magazine, and others. In 2012, she won 1st prize in the British Council’s Na/Ne Media Award, and currently she is also the Armenian coordinator of MyAngle project and one of photographers of Chai Khana Online magazine. Nelli is also a musician. She is a conductor of Avet Terteryan Art School’s children choir and member of Hover state chamber choir.
From 2016 Nelli Shishmanyan is a member of 4 Plus, a non-profit cooperative that aims to develop documentary photography in Armenia and empower women through photography.