Author – Shalva Alkhanaidze
Curator – Anna Ryaboshenko (Georgia)
Shalva Alkhanaidze, a self-educated photograph (1927-1978), was born in the mountainous Mta-Tusheti (the Dano village) North East region of Georgia.
Because of his poor health, Shalva Alkhanaidze had to give up traditional occupation for the region – shepherding – and found a relatively easy job to support his family. Following the advice of his relative Shalva studied photography in 1955 and set up the first photo studio in the region in his house. In 1955-1976, Shalva created photo portraits of several generations and a unique photo achieve depicting the life of Mta-Tusheti people. But his works remained largely unknown to the general public.