Aftermath: the Armenian Earthquake of 1988

Virtual Event
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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The UCLA Promise Armenian Institute (PAI) and the Armenian Film Foundation (AFF) present "Aftermath: the Armenian Earthquake of 1988,” a photo collection by Asadour Guzelian. This webinar is the inaugural event of a new collaboration between the AFF and the PAI titled Armenian Image Archive.

The webinar will include an introduction to the Armenian Image Archive (AIA) by Dr. Carla Garapedian, a survey by Dr. Joseph Malikian of early Armenian photography which will be a focus of research in the AIA, and a presentation of Asadour Guzelian’s photographs, taken on his two trips to Armenia in 1988 and 1989.

Asadour Guzelian was born in London and founded what became the Guzelian agency in 1986, after cutting his teeth for eight years with Barry Wilkinson in Bradford. He has supplied news and feature photographs to Britain’s national newspapers. Exhibitions include one-man shows at the National Museum of Photography and the Cornerhouse, Manchester. He has twice won the prestigious Yorkshire TV Photographer of the Year. Guzelian was only three years into his career when he traveled to Armenia to cover the catastrophic earthquake in 1988.

Registration for this webinar is required and free.


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This event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Library, the UCLA Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), and the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.

Dr. Joseph Malikian is the author of The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: an Anthology and a Photo History and an expert on early Armenian photography. The Malikian Collection was developed in the context of the Middle East and Armenian Photographic Project (MEAPP) which has been devoted to the study of the Armenian studios in the Ottoman and Russian Empires, the Middle East, Bulgaria and other countries in Europe. Throughout this period in history (1850s-1960s), Armenian photographers dominated the industry in the cultural and commercial capitals of Europe and Asia. The primary objective of the Malikian collection has been to identify and gather the history of these studios, and to continue the collection of original images representing the work of these photographic establishments. The Armenian Image Archive will support Joseph Malikian’s seminal work.

Dr. Carla Garapedian is a filmmaker and member of The Armenian Film Foundation, which has forged a new partnership with the Promise Armenian Institute – to support the study of Armenian film and filmmakers, as well as to create the Armenian Image Archive, a repository and platform for the study of Armenian photography – from early to contemporary photographers.