I am in the Republic of Georgia from 30 September to 13 October, first covering the parliamentary elections from Tbilisi, then working in a remote region of the Caucasus.
Elections in Georgia will take place on Monday, 1 October.
These are the first parliamentary elections in the Caucasus republic after the five-day war with Russia in 2008 during which the de-facto independence of two breakaway regions of Georgia (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) was confirmed. Several opposition parties are trying to wrestle the absolute majority from the now-ruling United National Movement (UNM) of President Mikheil Saakashvili.
One of the main contenders is the coalition ‘ Georgian Dream’ led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, another one is the conservative ‘Democratic Movement – United Georgia’ who was seen as responsible for a series of violent demonstrations in May last year.
After election day I will make my way – in a somewhat adventurous way as far as I can tell – to the remote Svaneti region in the Caucasus mountains to work on a photo documentary.
Anybody interested in the election coverage or other material from Georgia, please let me know (ideally before the end of September): johann [at] jb-photography.org or +359 877 743 641