This exhibition, organised by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), showcase at the Espace Beaurepaire in Paris 100 photographs of contemporary Azerbaijani people, culture, landscapes and architecture.
Originally presented in London in November 2012, these photographs were selected from around 750 submissions received from photographers based in Azerbaijan and across the world that were entered for a TEAS-run competition. The exhibition succeeded in capturing the very essence of this fascinating country, which sits on the Caspian Sea. All of those who attended were entranced by the views of this country and the remarkable quality of the images.
The winner was Asim Talib for his delightful photograph Old Men, taken in 1985 in Kelbajar, Karabakh (currently occupied by Armenia).
© Asim Talib
Second prize was taken by an amazing representation of the ceiling of the Bibi Heybat Mosque by Etibar Jafarov. Originally constructed in the 13th Century, and visited by Alexandre Dumas in the 1840s, this was blown by the Bolsheviks in 1936. Following the regaining of Azerbaijani independence, the reconstructed mosque was reopened in 1997.
© Etibar Jafarov
Fuad Babayev took the photograph that received the third prize – The Flames and the Needle. This focused on the Flame Towers, a new icon of Baku, juxtaposed against the telecom tower. A keen amateur photographer, Fuad has embraced social media and currently more than 10,000 followers on Google +.
© Fuad Babayev
7–17 March 2013
Azerbaijan Through the Lens
28, rue Beaurepaire
Opening times: Monday–Saturday: 12.00–20.00hrs