Thursday 2 June 2016
June 01, 2016
The Soviet Union's Public Art Legacy
Across the former Soviet Union, colorful communist-era mosaics still adorn government buildings, housing blocks, and factory walls. Many celebrate industry and culture with artistic flourishes that belie their staid subjects. Photographer David Trilling found himself drawn to them again and again on his travels around Russia and Central Asia.
May 31, 2016
Museum Of War In Eastern Ukraine Gets Ready To Open
Curators are putting the finishing touches on exhibits at a new museum in Dnipropetrovsk devoted to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The first exhibit to open is an outdoor display called "The Roads of Donbas," where streets signs point the way to the sites of major battles, littered with armored vehicles, ambulances, artillery, and other artifacts of war. The indoor part of the museum will open later this year.
May 27, 2016
A Look Back: Khadija Ismayilova's Life In Pictures
May 27 marks the 40th birthday of investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. Two day's earlier, Azerbaijan's Supreme Court ordered the RFE/RL journalist's release from prison. Ismayilova had been detained since 2014 on charges widely believed to be related to her reports linking the family of President Ilham Aliyev to large-scale corruption.
May 25, 2016
RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Released From Azerbaijani Custody
RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova walked free from an Azerbaijani prison and vowed to keep on working after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence from from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.
May 23, 2016
The State Of Mothers
Photographer Anastasia Kulagina and journalist Sofya Shaidullina discovered an unrecognized state in Russia: mothers of disabled children who are fighting a silent battle for their kids' rights. Unable to get adequate help from the government, they found their own institutions and charitable foundations. How? The authors spent 18 months documenting these women’s efforts.
May 22, 2016
On The Rails In Georgia
Trains move slowly through the landscape of Georgia, and that's exactly how Vakho Khetaguri likes it. The photographer, who works in stark black and white, recently exhibited his ongoing project on a form of transport that was once considered the height of progress in Georgia -- but is now used mostly by low-income travelers.
May 18, 2016
The Russian Empire Revisited
A century ago, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokhudin-Gorskii traveled through the territory of the Russian Empire. Under the patronage of Tsar Nicholas II, he documented diverse people and places using an early color photography process of his own invention. In recent years, Prokhudin-Gorskii's work became an Internet sensation when digital technology enabled the photos' restoration to crisp, colorful representations of the early 1900s. A small group of enthusiasts began tracking down the exact places captured during the photographer's travels. The following pairs of photos, separated by a century of war, revolution, and changing borders, are remarkable for how little appears to have changed in more than a hundred years.
May 13, 2016
UPFRONT: War Photojournalists