In July I was invited by the Azerbaijan Photographers Union to take part in the event organized by the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations “ASAN service” in Lahij. Lahij is a notable place in Azerbaijan, with its authentic handicrafts traditions. Removed and isolated, this town has its unique atypical style of life. Coppery, brass work, woodcarving, and handcrafting are the main occupation of the villagers. The village's carpet and rug crafts are also well known in Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. Ten photographers from the Azerbaijan Photographers Union stayed there for 5 days and each photographer worked on his own project during these days. My project was the environmental portraits of Lahij's craftsman. At the end of the project period I came up with five different craftsman portraits that you can see below. The first image is an ancient and authentic copper-smith's shop that is still functioning nowadays. Enjoy!
|The carpet maker|
|The harness maker|