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Storyteller’s Cafe NGO, through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia, has been implementing the #BridgingStories project led by National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, beginning August 2016. After four months of work under the guidance of John Stanmeyer, Anush Babajanyan and Serra Akcan, the storytellers of the #BridgingStories project are ready to exhibit their photographs and share their experiences with the public.
The exhibition opening will take place in Yerevan on January 24th, at NPAK/ACCEA (1/3 Buzand St.) at 04.00 p.m. Participants from Armenia and Turkey, as well as the photographers John Stanmeyer, Anush Babajanyan and Serra Akcan, will also be present. The exhibition will be open for two weeks, closing on February 7th.
The purpose of the project has been to bring together young photographers from Armenia and Turkey, joining the two groups through learning of photographic storytelling techniques and sharing their stories. The project began with a photojournalism camp that took place from August 22-29, 2016, in Dilijan, Armenia. After the camp and prior to the exhibition, the participants photographed in their hometowns, creating images highlighting the similarities and parallels of interests and experiences shared by young people from both countries.
Storyteller’s Cafe has been keeping in touch with its readers and followers through its website andFacebook page. As participants photograph in their hometowns, they share the images in the Instagram account of #BridgingStories, which has more than 12,000 followers.