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November 12th, 2015, saw the opening of a unique photo exhibition entitled Western Armenia Through the Lens of Dildilians and Kevork Jerjianat the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute (AGMI) in Yerevan. The Dildilians were generations of photographers with a collection of more than 600 photographs taken between 1880-1923 in various settlements in Western Armenia and Minor Asia, including those depicting the horrifying episodes of the Armenian Genocide and its consequences.

Present at the opening of the exhibition was Armen Marsubian, professor at the University of Connecticut, USA, and Tsolak Dildilian’s grandson, who has spared no effort in taking this exhibition to London and Ankara. Kevork Jerjian was a doctor from Karin (Erzurum). In the early 1900s, traveling in Western Armenia with his camera, he took more than 240 photos of his homeland Arabkir and other towns and villages, of which only 100 survived. In 2014, Kevork Jerjian’s grandson, George Jerjian from London, donated the collection, together with a number of other valuable documents, to the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute. George Jerjian himself was present at the opening of the exhibition at AGMI.
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