Martyrs and witnesses web portal presents photos selected from the archive of the Azerbaijan Photographers Union captured during the events occurred in January 20–22, 1990.

Photographers: Oleq Litvin, Mirnaib Hasanoglu, Shahvalad Ayvazov, Asim Talib, Farid Khayrulin, Tahir Jafarov, Farid Mammadov, Rauf Umud

Civilians on the Frontline

Photographer: Famil Mahmudbeyli was born in 1979, in Baku. As his ages of adolescence fell on the years of war years, in 1992, when he was 13 years old, he went to the front. Being a volunteer, he was helping the soldiers, carrying weapons and ammunition in the military unit located in Aghdam. Since that time he took interest in photography and video operating. At the age of 15 he began to work as a decorator in Azerbaijan State Television, then as an operator and montage. Since 2007 he worked as a professional operator, and since 2012 was engaged in filming as a photographer in frontlines and other territories of Azerbaijan.

Unresolved Dreams


Photographer: Ed Kashi 


Ed Kashi, who lives in New-York, is one of the prominent photographers of the world. He has worked in different media institutions, such as “National Geographic”, “Newsweek”, “Time” and “New York Times”. Ed Kashi, co-finder of “VII Photo” organization, is famous for his photos taken in conflict and famine zones. In 2013, photojournalist, who was in Azerbaijan, demonstrated his documentary photos dedicated to the daily life of people, who were forced from their native lands as a result of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and has been living as IDPs for 20 years, within the framework of “Unresolved Dreams” project.

Elnur Babayev Life in cars

fotoqraf Elnur Babayev

The following photos presented by are taken from the archive of the Azerbaijan Photographers Association.

Internally displaced persons settled in a railway station, Sabirabad district. 1995-1996

Victims of Armenian aggression

Photgrapher: Oleg Litvin 


Oleg Litvin was born in 1936 in Baku and graduated Azerbaijan State Oil Academy. He worked as a photo-reporter in TACC, Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union between 1973 and 1990. Later he cooperated with GAMMA, Reuters, and AP news agencies. Oleg Litvin is the laureate of “Humay” prize. Currently, he works as a freelance photographer in the Russian Federation.

Mirnaib Hasanoghly – from the series of IDPs

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mirnaib Hasanoghly 
Mirnaib HasanogluMirnaib Hasanoghly was born in Ganja in 1962.  He graduated the Azerbaijan State Culture and Art University in 1989. Mirnaib has been working as a professional photographer since 1982. He is one of the authors of the books “Zarifa khanum Aliyeva”, “Azerbaijan”, “Azerbaijan Refugees”, “Two Photo-Talks on a Tragedy ” and Books about Khojaly.  He is thw winner of “What is Khnolith”, “Free  Person”, “Price water house”  and other photo contests. Mirnaib Hasanoghly is the chairman of the Photographers’ Union of Azerbaijan since 2011.