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HOW WE LIVE: LIFE ON THE MARGINS IN ARMENIA (HARDCOVER)
ANJARGOLIAN, SARA
HOW WE LIVE: LIFE ON THE MARGINS IN ARMENIA (HARDCOVER)

Item #: BKA1002
Rel Date: 3/1/2010

Price: $39.98 $37.99

 
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Hardcover book of photography, 11x8.5, 96 pages, featuring over 60 vivid photographs and accompanying stories.

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR/PHOTOGRAPHER SARA ANJARGOLIAN: "Are these photographs going to make a difference in our lives?" asked Haykush, 50, when I photographed her in July of 2009 in Armenia. Earlier that day, I had traveled with Haykush's 29-year-old son, Grigor, to a massive garbage dump where he, alongside other men and their children, scavenges daily for items to sell. Grigor had newly shaved and had put on a neatly ironed shirt to take me to this makeshift workplace. I met fifteen families like Grigor's while documenting lives plagued by extreme poverty in Armenia, I could have met hundreds of thousands more.

According to the World Bank, in 2009, poverty in Armenia increased for the first time in over a decade as a result of the economic recession. The Bank estimates that the proportion of Armenians living below the official poverty line reached 28.4 percent in the second quarter of 2009. The Bank also estimated that the level of extreme poverty has nearly doubled to 6.9 percent, an increase of over 107,000 people. The lives depicted in the "How We Live" book are those of families prevailing against inhuman odds and simultaneously making peace with what should be unacceptable.

The project also illuminates the daily challenges of poverty and explores the socio-economic and political basis upon which poverty exists and is perpetuated. The families I met during the course of this project were incredibly gracious to share their stories with me, including the intimate details of their lives and private struggles with poverty. I am humbled by their courage, honored by their trust in me, and grateful for their collaboration.

More information:
http://www.SaraAnjargolian.com

To see a short documentary about the project go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtLDr_ScNms
 

SARA ANJARGOLIAN


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