LOS ANGELES-The Armenian Institute of Promise announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Armenian Cinema Foundation to collaborate on a range of projects that will support Armenian cinema and photography at the University of California, Los Angeles.
On November 18, 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 webinar, which is the inaugural event of this new collaboration, is co-sponsored by the UCLA Richard Hovannisian Chair in Modern Armenian History, the UCLA Library, the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research, and the Ararat-Eskijian Museum.
The Armenian Image Archive 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 “The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: An Anthology and a Photographic History” and of an upcoming publication, “The Krikorians on the Road to Jaffa”.
As a member of “Malian collection, “Malikian has collected period images and history from many Armenian photographic studios, dating back to the 1860s, including Abdullah Freres, Sebah, Sebah & Joaillier, Tarkulyan (Atelier Phebus), Iranian, Gulmez Freres, Lekegian, Krikorian, Sarrafian, Alban, Van Leo, Armand, De Mirjian, Karsh and many others. His collection contains original images from the famous Armenian photographic studios of Armenia, Tiflis, Baku and other parts of what was once there. ‘Russian Empire.
“The Armenian Image Archive will also identify previously unknown collections from the Armenian Genocide period,” said Carla Garapédian, Ph.D., from the Armenian Cinema Foundation. “Over a hundred years have passed, but there are still photos that haven’t seen the light of day.
“The Armenian Institute UCLA Promise welcomes this new partnership with the Armenian Film Foundation. The Armenian Image Archive, along with all future projects, will enrich the scientific inquiry into Armenian photography and cinema at UCLA and make available to the public and the academic community images and collections amounting to a national treasure. », Declared the professor Anne Karagozian, the first director of the Armenian Promise Institute. “I also want to thank the UCLA Library and the UCLA Film and Television Archives for their important future roles in our partnership with AFF. Both organizations are international leaders in the preservation of and access to cultural heritage, and their world-class expertise will amplify the work of the Armenian Image Archives to advance our common goals.
The “Consequences: the Armenian earthquake of 1988”The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Those interested in participating can register in line. To learn more about the Promise Armenian Institute, please visit the PAI website and to learn more about the Armenian Film Foundation, please visit their website.
Asadour Guzelian was born in the UK and founded what became the Guzelian Agency in 1986, after eight years of chipping away at Barry Wilkinson in Bradford. He provided news and photographs of articles to UK national newspapers. Exhibits include solo exhibitions at the National Museum of Photography and The Cornerhouse, Manchester. He has twice won the prestigious Yorkshire TV Photographer of the Year. Guzelian had only a three-year career when he traveled to Armenia to cover the catastrophic earthquake of 1988.
Joseph malikian, Ph.D., is the author of “Armenians in the Ottoman Empire: An Anthology and History of Photography” and an expert on ancient Armenian photography. The Malikian collection was developed as part of the “Middle East and Armenia Photographic Project” which was dedicated to the study of Armenian studios in the Ottoman and Russian Empires, the Middle East, Bulgaria and other countries in Europe. Throughout this period of history (from the 1850s to the 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 bring together 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 the founding work of Joseph Malikian.
Carla Garapédian, Ph.D., is a filmmaker and member of the Armenian Film Foundation, which has entered into a new partnership with the Promise Armenian Institute – to support the study of Armenian cinema and filmmakers, as well as to establish the Armenian Image Archive , a repository and platform for the study of Armenian photography – from the earliest to contemporary photographers.