Promise, Armenian Film Foundation collaborates in support of cinema and photography at UCLA

LOS ANGELES – The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian Institute of Promise is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Armenian Cinema Foundation (AFF) to collaborate on a series of projects that will support Armenian cinema and photography at UCLA.

On November 18, 2021, the Promise Armenian Institute will host “Consequences: the Armenian earthquake of 1988, The first online exhibition of Armenian Image Archives, which will celebrate the work of Asadour Guzelian. Guzelian is a UK-based photographer who visited Armenia shortly after the 1988 earthquake. This Zoom event will feature some of his photographs, which were published in mainstream newspapers at the time.

The Armenian Image Archive (AIA) is the first of the new collaborations between PAI and AFF. These new archives have three objectives: the preservation, research and exhibition of Armenian photographers and photographs related to the Armenian subject. The AIA will identify collections of photographs from around the world, from the mid-19th century to contemporary collections. It will provide both a repository and an ongoing platform for discourse and study on Armenian photographers.

The Armenian Cinema Foundation was founded by J. Michael Hagopian, Ph.D., who played a decisive role, with NAASR, by creating the first Chair of Armenian Studies at UCLA. Hagopian was a senior lecturer at UCLA before becoming a documentary filmmaker. With its legacy in mind, the Armenian Film Foundation will support projects at UCLA that link film and photography with a deeper understanding of Armenian history, culture and arts.

Joseph Malikian, Ph.D., an expert in ancient Armenian photography, works closely with Armenian Image Archives. Malikian is the author of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: an anthology and a photographic history, and an upcoming publication, The Krikorians on the road to Jaffa.

1A rare photo from the genocide period, Armenian Film Foundation

As a member of Malikian collection, Malikian collected ancient images and history from many Armenian photographic studios, dating from the 1860s, including Abdullah Freres, Sebah, Sebah & Joaillier, Tarkulyan (Atelier Phebus), Iranien, Gulmez Freres, Lekegian, Krikorian, Sarrafian, Alban , Van Léo, Armand, De Mirjian, Karsh and many others. Its collection contains original images from famous Armenian photographic studios in Armenia, Tiflis, Baku and other parts of what was once the Russian Empire.

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