Summer 2004 (12.2)
Suleymanov doubted that
anybody could tell him anything new or interesting about the
place where he had grown up-his beloved city of Baku - but then
he opened the pages of "Ali & Nino: A Love Story"
by Kurban Said. For him, this book describes the complexity,
passion and pain of the Caucasian soul more than any other book
he has ever read. See Elin's
Book Review on page 40. Elin just graduated from the Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, this May.
He's the first Azerbaijani to do so. He's now on his way back
you really want to visualize the history of 20th century Azerbaijan,
Nina Fisheva is the expert you want to meet. She's been
working in Azerbaijan's National Photo Archives since 1959 -
a total of 45 years! Nina has a passion for photography and knows
the contents of the archives like the "back of her hand".
In this issue, she helped us identify some of the major architectural
landmarks from the Oil Baron period. See "Photo
Essay: Then and Now", pages 28-39.
at it again. Fuad Akhundov, who modestly dubs himself
as "amateur historian", has once again found a way
to make the architectural landmarks of the Oil Baron period (1880s
to 1920) accessible to foreigners. This time, he's designed "The Ali & Nino Walking
Tour" which takes approximately 3 hours. We can't think
of a better introduction to the city, which provided more than
half of the world's supply of oil at the turn of last century.
Much of the beauty of Baku's
downtown can be traced to the opulent Oil Baron period. Using
old photos from the National
Photo Archives as his guide, Elman Gurbanov tried
to find the same camera angles of those same buildings nearly
a hundred years later. The major difference between then and
now? The traffic. It's nearly impossible to take a photo without
cars. Page 28.
Old City has always been
a favorite haunt for Baku's artists, but now with independence,
Orkhan Huseinov doesn't feel compelled to portray it through
the lens of any political ideology. His canvases tend to be peopled
with scenes of daily life and invariably there's a keen sense
of humor. For more samples of Orkhan's work, visit AZgallery.org.
Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: (994-12) 61-17-28
or Mobile: (994-55) 776-1519. Orkhan speaks English. See art
work on page 22.
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