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3rd October, 2005, POLIT-NN RU

Exhibition “Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo”
is opened in foyer of Legislative assembly of the Nizhniy Novgorod region

The exhibition “Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo” which includes 60 works, is opened in the foyer of Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative Assembly on the 3rd of October. Shots from hard-to reach cantons of Africa, which are for the first time demonstrated in Nizhniy Novgorod, were presented by the photos’ author – Russian journalist, photographer and traveler Andrey Gudkov. As he says, when going to Congo, he hoped to find Pygmies there – the nation distinguished by small stature (in average, 135-140 cm). "These are migrant tribes, therefore it is not so easy to find them, but we were lucky – we found one of Pygmies tribe, asked the chieftain for permission to live next to them for a while and to capture their life”, told Andrey Gudkov. The author of photos shared his impressions of Pygmies routine. "They use only metal pot and machete, use bow, arrows with poisoned tips and knifes for hunting, unfamiliar with such concept as “medicine” and do not as well know what the money is”, he explained. Also Andrey Gudkov mentioned that exact number of Pygmies on the planet is known to nobody. “It is quite possible to assume that in 15-20 years they will cease to exist as the ethnic group – they will assimilate with local population”, – the photographer has summed up.

3rd October 2005, Voyage Information Service, Nizhniy Novgorod

Africa has become closer to Nizhny Novgorod citizens

The exhibition “Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo” has opened today in Nizhny Novgorod. All photo works – 60 cadres from hard-to reach cantons of Africa are made by Russian journalist, photographer and traveler Andrey Gudkov. The exhibition has settled in the foyer of Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative Assembly.

Wild nature of two African states, famous for their natural reserves, is presented on the photos. As Andrey Gudkov says, besides observing the nature, during his trip to Africa he very much wanted to meet Pygmies – the wandering nation, which does not stay at one place for more than a month. “Probability to meet Pygmies tribe was not that big, but we were lucky. Pygmies are distinguished by small stature (about 140 cm). We found one of Pygmies settlements and with the help of splendid gifts to the chieftain obtained permission to live with the tribe for 8 days and even to make photos”.

During presentation of the exhibition Andrey Gudkov shared his impressions of Pygmies routine life. “One may say they have no household at all. They use only metal pot and machete; they hunt by bow, arrows with poisoned tips and knife. Such usual for us things as cell phone or money are unfamiliar to them”.

“Nowadays there are not more than 200 thousand Pygmies throughout all African territory. However, exact numbers of the population is not available. Nobody has ever made enumeration. Moreover, according to Andrey Gudkov, fate of this and other tribes is predetermined. Literally, in 15-20 years they will assimilate completely with local population.

The photo-painter is not going to stop at the achieved. Already in the nearest future he is going to travel to other cantons of the African continent: Ruanda, Uganda, Cameroon and others.

3rd October 2005, Nizhniy Novgorod

Photo-exhibition of “Vokrug Sveta” magazine opened in Nizhniy Novgorod with the support of Alfa-Bank

The photo-exhibition of «Vokrug Sveta” magazine has been opened in the building of Nizhniy Novgorod Legislative Assembly with Alfa-Bank support. Unique works of journalist, photographer and traveler Andrey Gudkov are presented at the exhibition «Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo». It is more than 60 works made in remote jungles of equatorial Africa – in Congo Republic and world famous national parks of Kenya.

Among organizers and partners of the exhibition – Russian International Information Agency “RIA Novosti”, representation of Roszarubezhtcenter, World Wild Found (WWF), Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative Assembly.

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, managing director of Alfa-Bank Nizhniy Novgorod branch Andrey Sitnov noted that the Bank and WWF had been fruitfully cooperating for a long time.

After demonstration of the photo-exhibition in the Legislative Assembly all interested persons will be able to see these unique photo works: photo-exhibition will be exhibited at one of the Nizhniy Novgorod shopping centers.

Chairman of Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative Assembly Evgeniy Ljulin thanked Alfa-Bank for support in organization of the photo-exhibition.

30th September 2005, RIA “Kreml”

Exhibition “Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo” is opened in Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative assembly

Exhibition "Africa. To the cradles of civilization: Kenya and Congo" is opened in Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative assembly on the 3rd of October, inform PR department of the Assembly.

60 unique photo works of the Russian journalist, photographer and traveler Andrey Gudkov will be placed in the foyer of Nizhniy Novgorod region Legislative Assembly. At the exhibition Nizhniy Novgorod citizens will see the unique photos from hard-to-reach cantons of Africa: life and ceremonies of tribes which have kept a primitive way of life and not familiar with civilization of the modern world, living in remote jungles of Congo Republic, exotic of fauna of the world famous national parks of Kenya, Masaui tribes.

The exhibition has charitable character: all obtained profit will be spent to support young talents of the Nizhniy Novgorod region.



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