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It includes more than 400 photos revealing the peculiarities of the six countries belonging to the region: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The album appeared online on June 25, while 9000 of its hard copies are to be disseminated to embassies, libraries and cultural center across the countries of the Eastern Partnership and the European Union.
In 400 pages of its pages, the Eastern Partnership Family Photo Album has 433 photos made by almost 100 photographers. And everyone now can “turn” the pages of the Album online.
This is a collection of the most interesting and brightest pictures that underline the commonalities and point out the differences of the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The Album is composed of works by the professional and aspiring photographers who participated in the contest My Country in the Eastern Partnership and got an opportunity to travel around the Eastern Partnership region.
The photos in the Eastern Partnership Family Photo Album, whether black-and-white or color, staged or captured in real life, offer to take a new look at the whole region and uncover its perspectives for tourism and new business. They also help to grasp the challenges and aspirations of its citizens.
“Eastern Partnership Family Photo Album will be displayed at exhibitions and receptions, in libraries, cultural centers, and embassies in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and of the European Union. This should bring about new opportunities for intercultural dialogue as well as to bolster mutual interest between Eastern, Central, and Western Europe, including an interest in economic cooperation. There are 9000 hard copies of the Album that will be disseminated. Indeed, it is much more valuable to have a look at how the Eastern Partnership lives and develops instead of just hearing about the countries of the initiative”, – noted Natallia Plytkevich, head of the Belarusian publishing house Riftur, which was responsible for the preparation of the Album.
Further information on how and when the hard copies of Eastern Partnership Family Album will be disseminated can be provided by the national photo associations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, as well as Riftur Publishing House (Belarus).
The Eastern Partnership Family Album is a result of the SAY CHEESE! project implemented thanks to the financial support of the European Union. This project has united photographers and their professional associations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The project, which was realized since the end of 2012 until June 2015, made it possible to establish professional relations between the photo communities of these six states. Photographers got an opportunity to demonstrate the traditions of the national photo art, exchange experience with colleagues from the European Union, and find new professional opportunities to develop interesting, good quality and financially successful photography of the Eastern Partnership.
Increasing the role of culture in the sustainable development of the Eastern Partnership countries and strengthening their ties with the European Union is exactly what the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, through which the SAY CHEESE! project was implemented, aims at.