Photographer Interviews

Scout Tufankjian Finds Her Armenian Roots Across the Globe

May 4, 2015

By Dzana Tsomondo


First Republic Day, Freedom Square, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. In her book, alongside her photographs, Tufankjian included quotes from Armenians she interviewed. The quotes aren’t from the subjects in the images, but speak to the broader Armenian experience. “I feel like the Armenian side of my heritage was really kept from me, so it’s intriguing—I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever go to Armenia, and if I did, would I connect with it like a ‘real’ Armenian?” said Ariane Khachatourians of Saskatchewan, Canada.

In 2006, American photojournalist Scout Tufankjian returned from covering a particularly bloody Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip. Burned out and wanting “something relaxing and fun,” Tufankjian decided to tag along with and take photos of a junior senator from Illinois who was considering a run for higher office. Two years later, as Barack Obama was inaugurated as the President...

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