INNOCENT HANDS

PhotographerHagop Vanesian
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyHagop Vaneisan Photography
City/CountryPasadena, United States
Photo Date2013
Entry Description

Because of outcome of the war children playing with empty bullet casings, many school closed or destroyed parks in residential areas turned to graveyards and many children lost their parents.

About Photographer

Hagop Vanesian born and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Graduated from KAREN JEPPE Armenian College, mastered craft of silversmithing and designing as third generation silversmith. Vanesian started a career in photography in 1999 as documentary photographer. The complicated mosaic of the Middle East was his focal point as photographer. Documenting historical city of Aleppo and following social and cultural life and he worked on many projects, also worked as advertising photographer. In 2012 Vanesian has devoted himself to documenting the war in Syria, when photographing in front lines in Aleppo city, he was an eyewitness of the destruction of his birthplace. In 2013 he Worked as volunteer photographer with( SARC ) Syrian Arab Red Crescent for more than one year, in refugee center dispensary and medical dispensary camp also in 2013-2014 dealt with ( ICRC ) International Committee of the Red Cross, his photographs published in ICRC-ies magazine and their official website. AGBU NEW YORK central office was one of the non-profit organizations which he worked with them, photographing the humanitarian situation in Aleppo city , the photographs published in AGBU magazine in FEB 2016. In 2016 his war photographs published in the book by Harvard University Professor Mark Tomass,"THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT". He Participated in many collective exhibitions and he has had solo exhibitions, at -2013 Le Pont Gallery Aleppo, Syria. -2014 Opera house in Damascus, Syria. -2015 UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS New York United States. -2015 AGBU Cultural Center Aleppo, Syria. -2016 "Yasar kemal cultural center" Adana Turkey. -2016 The State Museum of Oriental Art Moscow, Russia -2016 The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia -2016 The Central Naval Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. 'War, where or when all beautiful things disappear. War, where or when the word humanity no longer has any meaning.' -Hagop Vanesian-