Index World Press Photo
September 2011 | Edition Fifteen     

Originally, Armenian photojournalist Anahit Hayrapetyan started working on a project to record how Soviet-era buildings in her home city of Yerevan were now being used for different purposes.


She visited one that had been a guesthouse for workers at a factory but now was permanent home for several families.

But when she started to speak to the people who lived in these bleak blocks her focus changed to them. And she began to record the life of one thirteen-member unit who existed in just four rooms.

“I became close to Marie, her two children, her parents, her grandmother and seven siblings who were all living in those four small rooms – a main one, a kitchen, a living room and a bedroom,” says 30-year-old Anahit, who now works with Eurasianet and attended World Press Photo seminars in 2005 and 2006.

“It was fascinat