Luxury photo images of Armenia, a predominantly Christian nation of some 25 million people, are the most popular of all of the world’s major religions.
But they are also the most challenging to obtain, making them valuable to museums, art collectors and collectors, who use them as a source of data on the Armenian people.
A new book published by The New York Times has uncovered an extraordinary trove of photos from the Armenian photos album, the most extensive of its kind in the world.
“Armenia has a rich and rich history,” says Arsen Givhanian, a curator of Armenian art at the University of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
“But this was a really important part of the story.”
The book, Armenian: A New Life, which appeared online last week, features a collection of nearly 500 photos that were acquired from archives and private collections in Armenia and Turkey.
The books collection, which includes many photographs of Armenian women that were taken by Armenian women during the Soviet era, includes portraits, family photos, portraits of children, and even a few of the country’s most famous portraits, from Tsar Nicholas II to the late President Serge Sarkisian.
The books collection includes a wide range of images, from portraits of Armenian men to portraits of women and children.
The most striking images are from a large collection of women of Armenian descent, the Armenians, who are the descendants of a tribe of pastoral nomads who settled the territory from the 9th century until modern times.
Armenians make up the largest ethnic group in the country and they were one of the first ethnic groups to receive an official citizenship.
But in the 19th century, many Armenians began fleeing their homelands in the north to seek refuge in Europe, where they were granted citizenship.
In recent years, the number of Armenians in Turkey and Armenia has risen significantly, but the two countries still account for roughly 25 percent of the population.
Armenians account for only a fraction of the total population in Armenia, where the Armenian community has about 70 percent.
“The question is: Are these images a source for Armenian history, or are they a source that could be used in a more sophisticated way in other contexts?” says Armenians scholar, Arsen Galizian, who co-edited the book with his wife.
“You can see a lot of history and culture in them,” Galizians comments.
“This book was really a challenge.”
Armenian people have been working to preserve their cultural heritage and history, and this project has been a critical one for preserving this heritage and its identity, he says.
The book is available on Amazon.com.
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