November 27, 2014

Presentation of books devoted to Azerbaijan by world-renowned photographer Reza Deghati will be held in Paris

Presentation of the books “Elegance of Fire” and “Massacre of the Innocent” devoted to Azerbaijan by world-renowned photographer Reza Deghati will take place, with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, in Paris, November 28. Within the framework of the event will also be opened an exhibition comprised of the author’s  photos taken in Azerbaijan.


Published with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the book “Elegance of Fire” includes photos taken by Reza Deghati since 1987 during his trips to Azerbaijan. Regions, remote villages of Azerbaijan, lifestyle of common people, their traditions etc. have been reflected in the book. The author has, at the same time, created the view of Azerbaijani culture by photos taken during national dances, concerts, exhibitions and other events. The exhibition to be opened within the framework of the event will continue until 7 December.


And in the book “Massacre of the Innocent” published with the support of the Foundation, pictures taken by the photo-correspondent during the Khojaly genocide committed by Armenia against Azerbaijanis in 1992 have been collected. Photos reflecting the sufferings of people killed and their family members and relatives, people driven out of Khojaly, their places of residence, and difficult and distressful lifestyle convey the pain of the tragedy. The book also contains photos from events held in various countries of the world aiming to get the Khojaly tragedy recognized in the world, and from a township for refugees and IDPs.


Reza Deghati is famous in the world for his projects such as “Crossing Destinies”, “War and Peace”, “Hope”, “The Mirror of Soul”. He is a member of US National Geographic Society, honoured doctors of a number of influential universities, and a laureate of the order “For Services” of the Republic of France.


The famous photo-correspondent’s first trip to Azerbaijan was in 1987. And in 1997, he lived for a few months in Azerbaijan, travelled around the country and filmed common peoples’ daily life, household and traditions.


In 2013, the exhibition “Azerbaijan – A Land of Tolerance” by Reza Deghati was held in Paris. Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva attended the inauguration. The exhibition has been demonstrated also in Moscow, various cities of Israel, at UN headquarters and the European Parliament.


It should be noted that the presentation of the books devoted to Azerbaijan by Reza Deghati on 28 November has already drawn the attention of the French society. A number of media organs have published information about the books to be presented, and the exhibition.