When the World Press Association announced its
prestigious Photo of the Year results early this
year, the winner had an Armenian name: Eric Grigorian.
Eric Grigorian, 33, is an American from Iran.
But that doesn't say who he is:
"It was quite a natural thing for me to
sign the photo representing Armenia," Grigorian
told Patker Photo (www.patkerphoto.com).
"Though, I am not from Armenia, I am Armenian.
I feel Armenian. When I am asked what is my nationality,
I always say 'Armenian', never 'American', because
that is my culture, my world view. And I want
people to know that I am Armenian."
After studying photojournalism at universities
in California, Grigorian freelanced for the Los
Angeles Daily News and then started shooting for
Near the end of last year Grigorian started an
affiliation with Polaris Images.
Grigorian was visiting Tehran on June 23 when
earthquake struck in Northern Iran.
"We felt the earthquake, and afterwards
learned it happened far from Tehran and many people
died there. So I decided to go there with a friend
of mine. As soon as we reached the place, we went
to the cemetery. It was in the evening. The first
thing I saw was a boy near the funeral ceremony
. . ."
Grigorian will receive his award April 27 in
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