Georgi, Druzhevo, born 1928
Stefan, Gorna Bela Rechka
Ivan Dimitrov Todorov, Krivodol, born 1930
Maria Gervassieva, Gorna Bela Rechka, born 1926
Maria Marinova, Lyutadjik, born 1932
Nadka Chervenkova, Milanovo, born 1924
Nadejvda – Deshka, Gorna Bela Rechka, born 1935
Ivan Parvanov, Dolno Orizovo, born 1931
Slavcho, Gorna Bela Rechka
“Traumas and Miracles - Portraits from Northwestern Bulgaria” is photography and anthropological project of Babak Salari and the journalist Diana Ivanova. For two years they document the daily lives of the oldest people in eight villages in Northwestern Bulgaria – the poorest region in the European Union. Together – the photography and the human tales - represent a rare collection of stories about traumas and miracles experienced in the last years by the oldest inhabitants of the Northwest. The project explores in depth the phenomenon of social trauma – the loss of social and collective sense, depopulation and aging in large parts of the region due to the economic collapse of the socialist-era monumental industry, the family breakdowns, a consequence of poverty and the exodus of women working as caregivers of elderly people in Italy and Greece.
Babak Salari is a Montreal-based photographer, activist and educator who chronicles lives at the margins of society. His documentary projects include: Iranian artists in exile; matriarchal, indigenous communities in Mexico; and gays and transvestites in Cuba. Recently, he documented those displaced and brutalized by war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. His interest in photography began as a teenager in his native Iran where he contributed to various publications. At the age of twenty-one, his political activities resulted in his imprisonment for six months by the Khomeini regime. Upon his temporary release from jail, he fled to Pakistan and, a year later, arrived in Canada where he resumed his study and practice of photography. Babak's work has been exhibited and published internationally. For his work ne has received many awards including a Gold Addy from the American Ad Federation in 2004. Four of his projects has been published by Janet 45 publishing house.