Famous French photographer, winner of a number of prestigious awards Gregory Herpe visited Azerbaijan and prepared a series of photos about the country.
Report informs that Herpe visited the capital and a number of regions of Azerbaijan this summer, including Sheki, Shamakhi at the invitation of the French association “Les amis de l’Azerbaïdjan” and a number of Azerbaijani parliamentarians, including Javanshir Feyziyev.
In his article published in the British edition of London Street Art Design, the photographer told about his impressions after visiting Baku.
"When you walk through this ancient city, you are struck by its many architectural styles,” Herpe writes.
"In the centre, is the old fortified city with its UNESCO World Heritage sites, and south of the city, Boomtown, built at the beginning of the 20th century and characterized by fine art architecture.”
“But since independence, post-modernist architecture has been expanding with many dazzling projects. Here are the treasures not to be missed….”
Sharing his impressions about the architectural design of Baku Crystal Hall Herpe wrote “However, nothing seems impossible in Baku and the quality of design required by the architects in terms of geometry has transformed the “Baku Crystal” into a veritable gem of light once the sun goes down.”
The photographer calls the Heydar Aliyev center "extraordinary" “with curves, smooth and elegant, with a minimalist shell design.” According to him, Zaha Hadid’s style is well recognizable.
French photographer noted: “If you you are a fan of architecture and design, Baku is the place for you, especially when you consider that the most innovative buildings are still being built. Forget Tenerife and Benidorm…Azerbaijan is a surprising country full of surprises that will not disappoint you in any way.
Notably, Gregory Herpe was born in 1969 in Paris, today he lives in the Netherlands. He works for agencies such as the Hong Kong Sopa Images and New York-based Polaris Images. His works were demonstrated in Paris, Cannes, Barcelona, Bristol, Boston, San Diego, Genoa, Spa, Zurich, Athens, South Korea, Nigeria, and in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He also works as a journalist and writes articles for a number of publications in France and the UK.
Gregory Herpe received a number of prestigious international awards and prizes, such as the prize of Biennale di Genova - International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Best Press Photo 2015 in Montpellier, the award of The International Photographer Awards in three categories in New York in 2016, the gold medal of the International Art Fair 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.