Promise Armenian Institute and Armenian Film Foundation to Collaborate to Support Armenian Film and Photography at UCLA


Western Tourists at the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, by Garabed Krikorian, Krikorian Studio, ca 1895, Malikian Collection

LOS ANGELES, CaliforniaThe Armenian Institute of Promise is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding 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.

Earthquake in Armenia (Photo: Asadour Guzelian, 1989, Spitak, Armenia)

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, AFF 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 AIA. 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.

As a member of Malikian 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), 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.

“The Armenian Image Archive will also identify previously unknown collections from the Armenian Genocide period,” said Carla Garapédian, Ph.D., from AFF. “Over 100 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 AIA, 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, ”he said. declared the teacher Anne Karagozian, the first director of the Armenian Promise Institute. “I would also like to thank the UCLA Library and the UCLA Film and Television Archives for their important future role in our partnership with AFF. Both organizations are international leaders in the preservation 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. Registration is now open in line.

A rare photo from the genocide period, Armenian Film Foundation

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