noor-nikon masterclass participant elyor nematov exhibition

Zulaikha bakes bread in traditional tandyr. Zulaikha is one of three daughters-in-law in the family, which had been kidnapped and forced into marriage. She has two children with her husband. Osh, Kyrgyzstan.


Jamila is a religious authority among the Muslim women, during the dinner in the Uzbek neighbourhood (mahalla) surrounded by Uzbeks. In 2010 there was a mass ethnic conflict in Osh and more than five hundred people were killed. The relationship between the two nations began to improve only in the last two years. Osh, Kyrgyzstan.


Following the NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography that took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, between March and April 2016, NOOR Foundation and Framer Framed are proud to present an exhibition of one of the masterclass participants, Elyor Nematov. The exhibition is on view at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam until 22 August 2016.


The series of images opens a view onto the daily lives of women in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. In doing so, complex issues of women’s social position and rights, as well as tradition, history and ethnic conflict begin to emerge. With this project Elyor seeks to convey the powerful strength and endurance of the women he meets and photographs.


Elyor Nematov (1988) is a freelance photojournalist and educator. Originally from Uzbekistan and currently based in Kyrgyzstan, he was one of fourteen young photographers from across Central Asia to participate in the NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has worked as a photo editor and reporter for magazines in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. In 2012, Elyor received a grant from the Open Society Foundation’s Documentary Photography Project to start his ongoing project on labor migration from Central Asia. Since 2015 Elyor is a Contributor for Getty Images.


NOOR is a collective uniting an international group of highly accomplished photojournalists with an office headquartered in Amsterdam. Through its education programs the NOOR Foundation is committed to encourage and support young documentary photographers around the globe, particularly in areas where access to photography education is scarce. The recent masterclass in Kazakhstan was made possible through the generous support of Nikon Europe.


Framer Framed is a platform for contemporary art, visual culture and critical theory & practice in Amsterdam. The organization invites international curators and artists, both emerging and established, to create exhibitions in their gallery space and public areas of the Tolhuistuin.


Curated by Asmara Pelupessy, Editor & Projects Director, NOOR


Photos © Elyor Nematov


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