On April 17, at Landmark Cinema Club for the first time was held a photo workshop under the title “The Culture of Talish people” organized by the embassy of the Netherlands in Azerbaijan.

The participants of the workshop presented the first results of the Embassy's project (The Culture of Talish people) under the inspirational guidance of Dutch photographer Arjen Zwart.

The workshop took part with the participation of Dutch photographer Arjen Zwart, Dutch Ambassador Onno Kervers and group of young Azerbaijani photographers.

During the workshop numerous powerful and beautiful photos describing the culture and lifestyle of Talish people were screened and discussed for the participants of the workshop.

Arjen Zwart ( Alkmaar 1957 ) is a Dutch photographer  whose wide-ranging work includes depictions of  urban cityscapes , coastal landscapes, portraits and  social documentaries.

Zwart’s work has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, among dutch masters in photography  Koos Breukel, Sanna Sannes and Ata Kando.

His first solo show in Turkey took place in 2006 at the Karsi Sanat Gallery in Istanbul.

In 1986   Zwart visited Istanbul for the first time. The energy of the city, it’s ancient history and people made an indelible impression, but it was until 2001 that he returned to Istanbul. This time to work on a long-term project about a gypsy family. Zwart moved to Istanbul in 2008. To understand the city better he started to explore his new environment more intensively. His first seri titled   “Genius Loci” made in 2009  depicts  dreamlike atmospherical photographs of ordinary places reflecting the city in  relation with its rich past. His second photo seri which depicts  black tarred facades in Istanbul  titled  “ZIFT”.