Yuri Mechitov



It was my first visit to Paris. This lucky event took place on March 9 - 16, 2007. I was invited to participate in Bobigny Film Festival dedicated to Sergey Parajanov memory. I managed to make some shots of this great city. here

Sergey Parajanov.
Cronicle of the Dialogue.

It will be a luxury book with photos of Sergey Parajanov and my comments for these photos. The book is almost designed and I hope it will be published soon. There are the cover and several spreads of the book here

Yuri Mechitov.
Georgia. Images.

A photographer is a hostage of images created by him. He is not doomed to part with the past. The past is documented; positives and negatives are stored in envelopes and folders. And all these images have special power over a photographer. Sometimes they scream in a fit of exhibitionism, yelling eager to be exhibit, published, gathered under a cover. For me the great value of photography is in its silence. Very often created in awful fuss, it nevertheless has nothing to do with it. In spite of a wide-spread opinion it is not a fixed instant, but the eternity itself outlined by a rectangle. It is amazing: while a moment is shot, the eternity is fixed. And then, due to many and many reasons, Photography is born. Photography as an image. Photography as a portrait. Photography as a narration. It never hurries, never hastens, it doesn't press or dictate its rhythm, but gives a chance to stop, to think, to know oneself. The result of my self-knowledge is this collection of photographs. It is settled by people and images surrounding me for the last 25 years. All photos have been shot in my native country Georgia, in many ways a remarkable country, different from both Western and Eastern ones. And I myself keep being surprised by people who live here as well as I keep being surprised by myself. I admit these photographs are a little bit sad. You get to know while shooting photographs and they say there is much sadness in much knowledge.

Tbilisi Armenians

"Tbilisi Armenians exhibition was hold in October 2005 in Tbilisi. The collectin of postcards "Tbilisi Armenians" will be published soon.

Exhibition in Brussels

My motherland Georgia is going though a very dramatic period of its history. We are witnessing very rapid, and at the same time, painful transfer from Soviet semi-feudal, pseudo-republic to regular state, a plenipotentiary member of international community. This exhibition become possible owing to the World Bank Georgia support is an emotional attempt to tell about the Rose Revolution, that had allowed a nonviolent transition power to a new generation of leaders. This team has taken a great responsibility for the fate of hundreds of thousands of Georgians, who protested day and night in order to protect their right for a better life. As for us, photo-reporters, we were not ordinary employees, doing our assignments. We were fighting for our future with our only tool - camera.

Ukraine 2005

I visited Ukraine in summer 2005. It was The World Bank project. And my impressions...

Armenia 2005

I visited Armenia in spring 2005. It was The World Bank project. And my impressions...

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