“War” where or when all beautiful things disappear.
“War” where or when word humanity no longer has any meaning.
Hagop Vanesian born and grew up in Aleppo, Syria. Graduated from KAREN JEPPE Armenian College, mastered craft of silversmithing and designing as third generation silversmith. Vanesian started a career in photography in 1999 as documentary photographer. The complicated mosaic of the Middle East was his focal point as photographer.
Documenting historical city of Aleppo and following social and cultural life and he worked on many projects, also worked as advertising photographer.
In 2012 Vanesian has devoted himself to documenting the war in Syria, when photographing in front lines in Aleppo city, he was an eyewitness of the destruction of his birthplace.
In 2013 he Worked as volunteer photographer with( SARC ) Syrian Arab Red Crescent for more than one year, in refugee center dispensary and medical dispensary camp also in 2013-2014 dealt with ( ICRC ) International Committee of the Red Cross, his photographs published in ICRC-ies magazine and their official website.
AGBU NEW YORK central office was one of the non-profit organizations which he worked with them, photographing the humanitarian situation in Aleppo city , the photographs published in AGBU magazine in FEB 2016.
In 2016 his war photographs published in the book by Harvard University Professor Mark Tomass,”THE RELIGIOUS ROOTS OF THE SYRIAN CONFLICT”.
He Participated in many collective exhibitions and he has had solo exhibitions, at
-2013 Le Pont Gallery Aleppo, Syria.
-2014 Opera house in Damascus, Syria.
-2015 UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS New York United States.
-2015 AGBU Cultural Center Aleppo, Syria.
-2016 “Yasar kemal cultural center” Adana Turkey.
-2016 The State Museum of Oriental Art Moscow, Russia
-2016 The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia
-2016 The Central Naval Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2015 International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition with Honorable Mention in Home/Place category for the winning entry “My Memories Behind the Wall..” (Professional)
2016 International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition with Honorable Mention in three categories (Professional)
1-Editorial:War/Conflict for the winning entry “Where the parks have been turned into cemeteries”.
2-Children for the winning entry “Childhood”.
3-Children for the winning entry “Frontline Children”.
2017 International Photography Awards (IPA) competition with Honorable Mention in category (Professional)
2-Editorial:War/Conflict “LAST PORTRAIT”.
3-People:Children category “INNOCENT HANDS”.
2017 Moscow International Photography awards (MIFA) competition with Honorable Mention in two categories (Professional)
1-Editorial:War/Conflict for the winning entry “Determination to Survive”.
2-People-Children category for the winning entry “Imitating”.
2017 Tokyo International Foto awards TIFA award with Honorable Mention in category Editorial-Conflict (professional) for the winning entry “Challenge For Life”.
2017 Tokyo International Foto Award TIFA Jury Pick “Destroyed Memories”.
2018 Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3) award with Honorable Mention in three categories (professional)
1-War category for the entry entitled, “Portrait of war”.
2-War category for the entry entitled, “Architecture of war”.
3-war category for the entry entitled, “Different Stories”.