Wednesday, February 1, 2012
In September 2011 Free Press Unlimited co-organized a six-day multimedia workshop in Istanbul. Together with the Hrant Dink Foundation, Galata Fotografhanesi Academy of Photography and the Youth Information Centre of Gyumri a program was set up which included sessions on photography, documentary making and story-telling.

The main objective of the project was to build bridges between young photographers and photo journalists from Turkey and Armenia, as five participants from each country were invited.

'Neighbours' Turkey and Armenia share a common cultural heritage. Due to a political stalemate, however, the border between the two countries has now been closed for two decades. This project tried promote a 'visual' dialogue between both societies, through the production of photo stories and documentaries. Another Free Press Unlimited project contributing to Turkish-Armenian dialogue is the 'twinning' between Lori TV (located in Vanadzor, Armenia) and Serhat TV (located in Kars, Turkey).

While the documentaries are still being produced we would now like to share some of the photos taken during the week. The project has been hailed as a success and was even subject of a two-page spread in Nouvelles d'Arménie Magazine – a popular journal of the Armenian diaspora.