Perhaps Georgia’s most well-known photographer, Yuri Mechitov is responsible for taking several of the most iconic images of Georgian society. During Soviet times, Mechitov was friends with several of the USSR’s most famous film directors and actors, including Sergei Parajanov, granting him unparalleled access to these figures lives. As a result, Mechitov has an impressive collection of celebrity portraiture. However, Yuri’s portfolio is far more expansive. Having spent several decades photographing Georgian society, Mechitov is perhaps the most well-known Georgian photographer working in the field today.