Having mostly technical and scientific background, Temo Bardzimashvili became interested in photography in 2005. Initially photography was mostly a hobby, but then he began to shoot and write professionally for regional environmental magazine Caucasus Environment. Feeling the need to get professional education, in 2007 he applied to a photojournalism course at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, which sparked in him the interest for photojournalism. Following the completion of the short course, Temo enrolled in the English Master’s Degree Program in Journalism and Media Management at Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management at GIPA. He graduated cum laude in 2009.

Temo Bardzimashvili works mostly on long-term documentary projects focused on ethnographic, social, and travel photography.

In 2011 he completed the documentary series about the Meskhetian Turks. The series were photographed in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.

Since 2008 he works on documenting social and cultural changes in Svaneti, once traditional and closed mountain region of Georgia that is gradually turning into modern ski resort.

Since 2008 he works as a freelance photographer and reporter for EurasiaNet.org.

Exhibitions:

  • 2012 - the Svaneti project was exhibited at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011-2012 - In December 2011 the Meskhetian series was exhibited in Tbilisi, Georgia. In the spring of 2012 the exhibition, titled The Unpromised Land, toured in six major Georgian towns.
  • 2011 - Took part at The Laughs and Forgetting (L.A.F.) Project: The Internally Displaced of Georgia exhibition. The exhibition was held in Georgia, Czech Republic and USA.

Books:

  • 2012 - The Unpromised Land.
  • 2012 - Vashlovani National Park (the co-authorship with Negin Angoshtari).

I am also currently envolved in the upcoming film named The Stylite by Stephen Reihl about a Georgian monk who wants to spend his life on top of a rock column.