Russian Soldier eating his supper in Grozny, Chechnya 1995 during the first Chechen war. The conflict is also known as the First Chechen Сampaign or First Russian-Chechen war that was a rebellion by the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria against the Russian Federation, fought from December 1994 to August 1996. As a reporter, Shakh Aivazov had an accreditation from the both sides, so he could get this close to the Russian army member while he was taking a break from the duty of checking identity of passers by.
About the Artist
Shakhveled Aivazov (b. 1956) is a decorated photojournalist who has worked for the Associated Press for more than 20 years. As a war reporter during the 1990’s he was often sent by AP to cover the conflicts in Chechnya, Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Abkhazia. “People often ask me how I became a military photojournalist, but I cannot answer this question unequivocally. Apparently, these are the impulses of the heart, the desire to bring the truth to the world. I will say this: no man can not experience horror and fear when bullets are flying nearby, shells are exploding, and people are dying. At first your hands are shaking, but as you work, you get a grip and after a while you just do your work in extreme conditions.” – Shakh Aivazov
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