Jon Michael Anzalone

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Location: New York City
Nationality: Queens
Biography: Analog spiritualist. Crumbling cities and strange places. Jon Michael Anzalone works independently on stories of personal interest and significance, carrying out well-studied, politically mature, and humanist photo essays on obscure topics. His... read on
Ayb, Part 1: Amousin
jon michael anzalone
Aug 5, 2015
I'm excited today to share the first (of four) parts of my newest photography project, Ayb, which I shot in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh this past April.

explores Armenia during its Genocide Centennial commemorations, from the perspective as a new husband seeking to understand the history and culture that I will need to honor and shepherd for my future family. The work travels through ancient histories, religious ceremonies and memorials, recent conflicts, and war as I come to terms with everything from a humanist perspective. 

The first section, Amousin, is about arrival in Armenia and understanding who I am and who I can be in this story.

The next sections, to be released in the coming weeks, discuss the Genocide Centennial observations in their many forms, Nagorno-Karabakh and the strangeness of de jure statehood and de facto military occupation, and the political conflicts between Armenia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.

Part 1: Amousin


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