There Is Only the Earth

There Is Only the Earth : Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project

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The story of the Armenians has always been one of upheaval. For the past three thousand years, waves of immigrants left their homes—following ancient trade and pilgrimage routes, driven out by the 1915 Armenian Genocide, and fleeing countless wars, revolutions, and massacres.

Despite this history of exile, today's Armenian diaspora is strong and vibrant—with over eight million Armenians living in more than eighty-five countries across the globe. The story of these survivors, however, has been largely untold. Until now.

With more than 160 photographs, this book is a beautiful and loving portrait of the global Armenian community captured in joyful detail by an exceptional photographer—highlighting this ancient community's strength, versatility, and ability to survive.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 233.68 x 330.2 x 33.02mm | 1,927.76g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1595910832
  • 9781595910837
  • 1,408,006

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"Scout Tufankjian has created a glorious celebration of the Armenian experience in her exhaustive documentation of the diaspora. Armenia and Armenians have survived to be a major presence in the modern world, and Tufankjian has captured it all."
--Eric Bogosian, author of "Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide"
"This book is a wonder: a poignant, powerful, beautiful testimony to the breadth of the Armenian heart and the resiliency of the Armenian spirit--perhaps even the human spirit. We may be a diaspora people, almost all of us descendants of a cataclysmic genocide. But in her moving, luminescent photographs, Scout Tufankjian reminds us what it means to live. Our schools, our stories, our very soul come alive in these images. I felt not merely love for my people in this book: I felt pride."
--Chris Bohjalian author of "The Sandcastle Girls"
"Remarkable photography and amazing stories of a fascinating people: this book is a must for anyone who knows, or cares to know about, the far-flung and multifaceted Armenian diaspora."
--John Marshall Evans, former US Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia
"Scout Tufankjian circles the globe capturing emblematic moments in the lives of Armenians. Her beautiful photographs are a moving testament to both the powerful thread of identity and the fertile adventure of diaspora and diversity. In this, the one-hundredth year since the Armenian Genocide, Tufankjian's photographs serve as neither commemoration nor consolation, but rather as exploration and celebration of the resiliency and vibrancy of a people still in the process of finding their place in history and in the world.
--Nancy Kricorian, activist and author of "Zabelle and All the Light There Was"
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