Upon first seeing the work of photographer Azim Haidaryan, one is immediately taken by it’s intimacy. There is voyeurism and then there is the non-intrusive yet revealing quality Haidaryan brings to his work. The feel of his photographs is almost cinematic – one gets the sense that they are looking at scene in a film rather than just a still image. Secrets lurk in every portrait – which makes searching for them all the more intriguing. This engaging quality that enlivens his fashion editorial work but it renders his personal work engaging and authentic. Whether he’s capturing the beauty of Afghanistan or exploring daily live in Panama there is always something truthful to be found. While both his fashion work and reportage are striking I consistently find myself drawn towards the latter.

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