Blackout

  • Photographer
    Hossein Fardinfard
  • Prize
    1st Place / People , 1st Place / People /Portrait
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Louisa J. Curtis There's never a shortage of good documentary portrait series, many of which are about war-torn countries and refugees, but there was something about this one that drew me in. Seeing and reading about these poor people was thought-provoking and even though they have nothing except for these giant spaces they now live in, they are somehow both charming and humble.

    Zhai Honggang

  • Date of Photograph
    2019

In 1992, when the war broke out in Abkhazia, significant human rights violations were reported. Many women were raped, and around 20,000 members of an ethnic group were killed. Like many other wars, this one had negative consequences: more than 250,000 Abkhazian people became homeless. They fled to different cities in Georgia, including Tskaltubo. Since then, as refugees, they have been housed in huge abandoned buildings that were known as the most luxurious sanitariums in the Soviet era.

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