Yearning for the Sea
JC Tordai (photographs)
Garo Keheyan (text)
ISBN 9963 621 51 1
Binding softbound with matt lamination
Illustration 59 colour plates
Yearning for the Sea,
published on 8 January 2001, is a photographic record of the
tumultuous years of the Armenian Republic following the collapse of
Soviet rule in 1991.
The photographs taken by JC Tordai, a renowned photographer with Panos Pictures, depict a country fallen on hard
times – a post-communist world of collapse and chaos. These vivid
and thought-provoking photos show ordinary people going about their
daily lives, in the most extraordinary and adverse circumstances.
The images reflect the ‘heroism’ of every day life defined by
deprivation and struggle, but also by nobility, resilience and
In the accompanying text Garo Keheyan’s sensitive
narrative captures the sorrows (and the joys) of a beleaguered
country. His poignant account of the struggles, the war, the
blockade, the cold and the hunger, the shortages and the grief,
mirror the people depicted in Tordai’s photographs. However, one can
also detect in these vibrant images and poignant words the magical
energy of Armenia, its noble people, and a celebration of the human
spirit overcoming adversity.