Nima Taradji Photography

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New Project Coming UP: Hasankeyf
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Biography: NIMATARADJI photography +1-312-925-3500 +1-866-701-3686 photo@nimataradji.com I am an Iranian-American editorial and documentary photographer based in Chicago, Illinois.  Cultural, social and political themes attract my curiosity. My aim is... MORE
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New Project Coming UP: Hasankeyf
nima taradji photography
Sep 19, 2019
Location: hasankeyf, turkey
July 2019- Hasankeyf, Turkey: Hasankeyf is a 12,000 year old village on the banks of Tigris River in Southeastern Turkey near the Syrian and Iraqi borders. It has survived Persians, Romans, Ottomans, and the modern era and is one of 80 or so villages that will now succumb to Turkeys growing need for electricity and power which will be provided to some extent by the now finished Ilisu Dam.

 The dam's project goes back to the 1950s and has taken many years to be completed and finally as of August 2019, the water has started to accumulate in the reservoir and as it rises Hasankeyf's days are numbered. The 6,000-foot-long, 1.2 billion euro behemoth of a dam is poised to generate 3,800-gigawatt hours of electricity annually, according to the Turkish government.

Ilisu Dam will flood more than 115 square miles of agricultural valley, submerging Hasankeyf and dozens of villages nearby. The villages and land that has fed off this river for centuries will now be its victim. For some residents of Hasankeyf and surrounding villages, the rising water is a calamity where their ancestral land and homes are being destroyed and for some others it is god sent. The government has built new residential buildings uphill: the New Hasankeyf into which the residents will move. With running water and modern facilities some villagers are happy but some others are going to miss the homes into which they and their father and grand parents were born. (Nima Taradji/Polaris)
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