Gohar Ter-Hakobyan
(Armenia)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
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I create multimedia content for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICAC) in Armenia, but now I take photos less frequently than earlier. I always take my camera with me and take pictures for pleasure.
Gohar Ter-Hakobyan
We asked Gohar some questions about her art and work:
— Your photos are beautiful. Where did you learn photography?

— Thank you for compliment! I've never learned photography. Since I was a child I was surrounded by beauty. We had many books and journals about art, cinema and photography at home. I often went to museums and galleries with my parents. Thus my visual perception was being developed actively. My father is a director of photography and I grew up with it. Since then nothing has changes, I'm married to a photographer. I learned technical skills from my father and then I started to learn photography by myself.
— What projects in Yerevan magazine were the most prominent and remembered better?

— There was a project about people who traded at a flea market. There were vintage photo and video technics dealers, an artist who made bells and keys, another one was selling armenian 'spinners' created by him and many other dealers. Another project was called "Almost famous". I took photos of university lectors, undeground musicians etc. They shared their secret favourite places in Yerevan and told me stories related to those places.
Armenia: A day in the life of a school on the border
Bullet and shrapnel holes on fences are a frequently encountered scene in villages along the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Look closely through them, and you'll see houses and gardens, schools and cars, people and livestock. What is behind them must not be a military target.
— Why have you chosen ICRC? What have you done in this short term?
— My work for ICRC combines all my previous experience. Here I can fully prove myself in all aspects of my skills. Moreover, I like working in the humanitarian field. I've been working for the ICRC for 2 years already. I've done huge amount of photo and video materials during these 2 years. I publish them on ICRC's digital platforms, some of them are being shared regionally and internationally.
The content produced by me is about those who suffer from the humanitarian consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: families of the missing persons, civilian population living along the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, landmine survivors.
House on the border: How an Armenian family is learning to live (and love) again
— You worked for the CivilNet.TV, which profession became more famiiar to you, photographer or reporter?
— Reporter, I suppose. I like to work with a team. You learn a lot from cameraman, director, editor and editor-in-chief. It requires detailed preparation and wholistic research on the topic. You have more opportunities to share information, this work is multifaceted. According to me this way of storytelling is more powerful.
— What are your artistic plans for the future?
— In the near future I plan to cooperate with documentary photographers and cinematographers to create more in-depth content including photo series and short documentaries. Everything I do is aimed at increasing the public awareness of the humanitarian issues in the region.