On June 2, an auditorium named after Zaven Sargsyan, a famous photographer, Associate Professor at the Chair of Camerawork, Art Photography, Social and Cultural Activities, opened at ASPU. June 2 also marks the photographer’s birthday. From now on, Auditorium N109 which is adorned with Sargsyan’s best works will be a unique place for future photographers and cameramen to be armed with deep knowledge and skills.
In his speech, ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan noted that Zaven Sargsyan is one of the most important representatives of the modern Armenian culture and a phenomenon in art photography.
“Great and exceptional was Zavel Sargsyan’s role in covering [film director] Sergei Parajanov’s life and activity in the international arena. There is no denying that he made great efforts in opening Sergei Parajanov Museum. We should keep the memory of the great Armenian and artist alive,” the rector added.
Samvel Sevada, Associate Professor at the Chair of Camerawork, Art Photography, Social and Cultural Activities remembered his colleague's greatest contribution to the collective work, as well as to photographing of Armenian monuments and settlements in Western Armenia.
“When we have guests in our country, among other places they surely visit Parajanov Museum, which has become an interesting place representing the nation. That is the greatest service to our nation. The study in the museum belongs not only to Parajanov, but also to Sargsyan. That museum testifies to his presence,” Mr. Sevada said. Then he introduced the greatest artist as a modest worker and an amazing photographer.
Participating in the opening ceremony of the auditorium named after the distinguished pedagogue were also Sargsyan’s students who didn’t have the opportunity to defend their dissertations under the supervision of the caring lecturer.
“A person we had a lot to learn from…" This is how Sargsyan’s students described him.
Photographer Zaven Sargsyan was teaching at ASPU since 2011 sharing his professional skills and experience with future photographers and cameramen.
He took up to photographing from an early age; He was the personal photographer of film director Sergei Parajanov. He was the founding director of Parajanov Museum and headed the museum since 1992.
Sargsyan had solo exhibitions in Armenia, the USA, France, Germany, China, Russia, Georgia, Serbia and other countries. His works were published in Armenian magazines since 1974, he was the photographer of the Armenian encyclopedia and illustrator of many books.