Southern Armenia with Petr Lovigin

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Sep 27, 2014 – Oct 5, 2014

Genre: Genre, Landscape, Travel

The workshop has been completed

Manager: Karen Hovhannisian

Photos of the workshop participants

Here you can view the photos, taken by the workshop participants. These are the best works, selected by the master in the process of joint discussions.


© Gennadii Viunenko

© Andriy Sanosyan

© Andriy Sanosyan

82 photos from 14 authors

Lead photographer

Petr Lovygin

Renowned Russian photographer, photo-scriptwriter, "writer", clip-maker. A returning participant in the Moscow Biennale, "Fashion and style in photography" festival, as well as the large European fairs. Worked for several years with the projects of Yevgeny Grishkovets, publishing consequently first the "Costarica-soul", and then the "Indian summer" books.

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About the workshop

«Among my travels, Armenia was the most "classical" one, which I could not replicate nowhere else since then. A small country, a full circle from Yerevan to Yerevan, the right person next to me, a familiar language with a local accent, loads of humor in it, – in Armenia everything worked seamlessly... I remember how after the first publications on facebook, I was friended by hundreds of people with surnames finishing on "...yan", how we were invited to each village house on the shore of Sevan lake, how a wedding procession passed us by with a badger tied up to the hood, how I learnt the Armenian way of hanging out the laundry to dry... and so many other "how's"… That round-the-Armenia trip will always stay in my mind as a unique experience, but a one that I wouldn't mid at all repeating…»
Petr Lovigin

Program hide

Day 1: September 27, Saturday

Day of arrival to Yerevan, walk around the town, introductions and the welcome dinner

Day 2: September 28, Sunday

Morning in Yerevan, and the we depart towards Sevan lake. If the weather permits, we swim in the lake. In the evening we discuss the first photo results. Overnight in a hotel on the lake shore

Day 3: September 29, Monday

We drive along the lake shore, visiting a nice fish restaurant around lunch time, stopping in the villages along the way, near the beautiful Hayravank monastery, and near the ages-old cemetery. Then we take the Selim pass, and drive all the way to the Jermuk resort town, where we can discuss the photos made during the day and relax.

Day 4: September 30, Tuesday

In the morning we depart towards Sisian, where we get off the bus and get into the off road vehicles that would take us to the Ukhtasar mountain, where we would meet the local shepherds, and see the field of prehistoric petroglyphs (don't forget to take the warm cloths, here on the altitude of 3000 meters, it can be quite chilly). We go back, get into the bus, and continue towards the Qarahunj prehistoric observatory, especially beautiful in the sunset light. We overnight in Goris.

Day 5: October 1, Wednesday

Early in the morning we continue our way to the cave settlement in Khndzoresk village, which was inhibited until quite recently. Then we enter the Nagorno Karabakh, visit Shushi, a town with very rich history, which was seriously affected by the recent war, and is now being reconstructed. Later we go to Stepanakert. After the discussion of photos made, we can stroll along the streets of the town.

Day 6: October 2, Thursday

In the morning we visit the market, where we learn how to make the local specialty "zhingyalov hats", a flatbreat with fresh herbs. Then on we continue our way to Hadrout region, visiting villages on our way, and meeting the locals. In one of the villages we will have lunch in a local tavern, and then (if we have time), we can visit one of the most famous monasteries of Karabakh, and the whole Armenia – Gandzasar. Overnight in Stepenakert.

Day 7: October 3, Friday

In the mornign we leave Stepanakert and go back to Armenia. We drop by to Goris on our way, then we take the longest aerial tramway in the world to get to Tatev monastery, take our time to walk the environs, and then, go north towards Yeghegnadzor town, where we can discuss the photos, and relax.

Day 8: October 4, Saturday

This day an annual wine festival is held in Areni village, the "motherland" of Armenian wine. We join the happy crowd, taste different wines, eat barbecue, and later that day, slightly drunk and tired of eating, leave for Yerevan. Here we can sum up the journey, choose the best photos made during those days, and continue on partying til late hours

Day 9: October 5, Sunday

Departure day