1980 - 2010s
For Gagik Gasparyan, photography has been a passion since his teenage years, and although he received a higher-degree qualification in chemistry, he has worked primarily as a freelance photojournalist.(1) Soon after graduating from the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute, Gasparyan began collaborating with various local newspapers and the Armenian television. In tandem with standard reportage work, the photographer has created extensive documentary series for his own independent practice. Most of these ‘personal’ photographs are studies of Yerevan's urban environment, street life, and portraits of film and television personalities.
Preferring the black-and-white, classic documentary format, Gasparyan sought to capture the overlooked charm of the daily interactions and fleeting dramas. His photographs often appear as visual micro-tales, with the literary propensity that is inherent to this genre of ‘anecdotal’ photography. Gasparyan’s series complement each other, interweaving the private human moments with the representations of their larger social and natural context.
1) Ani Avetisyan, 'Sev u Spitak Tramadrutyunner - Hishoghutyan Dzeghnaharkum' [in Armenian], www.17.am, 08.17.2017, http://www.17.am/%D5%BDև-ու-սպիտակ-տրամադրություններ-հիշո%2F
USSR, Armenia, ArmSSR
documentary, photo correspondent
Avetisyan, Ani. 'Sev u Spitak Tramadrutyunner - Hishoghutyan Dzeghnaharkum' [in Armenian], www.17.am, 08.17.2017, http://www.17.am/%D5%BDև-ու-սպիտակ-տրամադրություններ-հիշո%2F
2017։ In the Memory Attic, solo show, Museum of Folk Art, Yerevan