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Boys on the Hood
Photograph by Alexandra Avakian

In Gyumri, children play around a gutted bus near their homes in the neighborhood called bus station number 104. This Soviet-era name has lasted far longer than many of the high-rise apartments built during communist rule. The 1988 earthquake in northern Armenia toppled many of these poorly constructed buildings, killing more than 25,000 people and leaving 500,000 homeless. The government and relief agencies supplied some emergency housing—modified shipping containers and prefabricated shelters, called domiks—many of which are still occupied. However, a massive building campaign has provided many of Gyumri's earthquake victims with modern, low-rise apartments.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1N
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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