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Nagorno Karabakh / 2010 May.
Inside the narrow valleys of the Caucasus Mountains there is a country not appearing in the maps: Nagorno-Karabakh, which name – a mixed of Russian, Turkish and Persian languages – means Mountainous Black Garden.
This self-proclaimed republic is the result of a cruel conflict – 20 to 30 thousand victims – that started in the 1988, when its majority Armenian population started demanding the independence from the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan.
People in Karabakh try to survive as they can.
The recognition of Kosovos independence by Western powers as the recognition by Russia of South Osetia and Abkhazia – two secessionist regions of Georgia – are the facts that made the Karabakhians think they could become a real country.
Alvaro Deprit, Madrid 1977.
Alvaro Deprit has been living in Italy since 2004 and divides his time between Rome and Istanbul. He studied German Philology in Germany and Sociology in Italy. A self-taught photographer, Alvaro has deepened his understanding of photographic languages by attending courses in Spain with Pep Bonet, Sheryl Mendez and Christian Caujolle.
He is particularly interested in the Turkish culture and its modernization, changes in post-Soviet South Caucasus, and immigration in Europe, which explores various forms of adaptation.
Alvaro has exhibited his photos in Rome, Barcelona, London and New York and has worked for Il Sole 24ore, Newsweek, Internazionale, Vanity Fair, Viva Magazine, ElPeriodico, Yo Dona, Glamour, Sette and Altair.