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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Mubarakshah Guljan
Tajik photographer, Dushanbe


At some moments in our lives we wish we could stop time from passing us by - preserve those precious moments in our lives forever. At other times we might find ourselves alone, but privileged in witnessing some brief glimpse of striking beauty. At such times we feel we must share this with our friends and family.

Endeavouring to hold onto these moments we try to find some means of collecting them - of constructing mementos of our happiest times. Today this is simple. Thanks to advances in photography and film we can keep those moments in our lives close to us indefinitely.

Using photography we can present the world through our individual perspectives, expressing not only the physical visualisation of a moment but also our moods at that one instant - demonstrating our whole range of emotions from brightest exuberance to darkest melancholy. Look, for instance, at how a number of people can take photos of the same landscape but produce noticeably different photographs which share no common coordination or synchronisation.

Of course further difference lies in the skill of the photographers themselves. A good photographer must posses the necessary talents. Even if several people use the same camera they still cannot take exactly the same photograph because they have a different understanding of the camera itself.

I studied at the Tajik Technical University and began engaging with photography from then onwards. I find that I am always searching and enquiring, trying to find some new means of expression through my work.

Taking quality photographs demands an inquisitive mind, energy, precision and an eye for the aesthetic of their environment. The reward for such perseverance comes after a photo is taken. If you feel that you have succeeded in that endeavour the success will energise you twice as much.


This report was made in a workshop held by Jadid Media for the Olimpur Foundation in Dushanbe.

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- Каюмарс، 2009/07/02
Ба назари ман, аксҳоатон хеле зебоанд. Аксҳои кӯҳҳо аз аксҳои дигар дӯстдоштам Ман ҳам метавонам дар кӯҳҳои Тоҷикистон сафар кунам. Ва ман ҳам фотоаппарати Канон дорам. Аммо фотоаппарати ман қиммат нест.
Як савол дорам. Дар ин филм як акси Зарафшон ҳаст?

به نظر من، عکس هايتان خيلی زيبا اند. عکس های کوه ها را بيشتر دوست داشتم. من هم می توانم در کوه های تاجيکستان سفر کنم. و من هم دوربين Canon دارم. اما دوربين من گران قيمت نيست. يک سوال دارم. در اين فيلم يک عکس زرافشان هست؟
- Нилуфар، 2009/07/02
Ман имрӯз дар дарси забони тоҷикӣ ин филмро тамошо кардам. Пеш аз имрӯз, дар бораи Мубаракшаҳ Гулҷон ҳиҷ чиз намедонистам. Ман ҳам намедонистам, ки дар Тоҷикистон табиат ва одамон чандон зебо ҳаст. Ба назари ман Мубаракшаҳ аккоси хеле лаëқатманд аст. Aксҳоаш рангоранг ва шавковаранд. Фикраш дар бораи аккосӣ хеле зебо аст. Ман ин филмро хеле дӯст дорам. Ташаккур!

من امروز در درس زبان تاجيکی اين فيلم را تماشا کردم. پيش از امروز در باره مبارکشاه گلجان هيچ چيز نمی دانستم. من هم نمی دانستم که در تاجيکستان طبيعت و آدمان چندان زيبا هست. به نظر من، مبارکشاه عکاس خيلی لياقت مند است. عکس هايش رنگارنگ و شوق آورند. فکرش در باره عکاسی خيلی زيباست. من اين فيلم را خيلی دوست دارم. تشکر!
- Sherzod، 2008/07/16
Janobi Muborakshoh,

Akshoiaton xele zebo va shavkovarand. Zebogii tabiat va zebogi asosi odam nishon medihed va man az har du namudi aks ehsos sakt kardam. Fikr Mekunam ki shmo robita baini tabiat va vaz'e odamro dida metavoned.
- Khotira، 2008/07/16

In film khele ajib bud. Ba man suraton khele makul ast. Ba fikram kudakhoro khele zeboand. Mekhoham khele pir shaved va bisyor surat gired.

- Svetlana، 2008/06/09
Hi everybody looking through this nice site. I know Mubarakshah, and I adore his works. You know, this person really is aware of what he does; you just can not imagine how pleasant and easy it is to work with him. This guy is so professional in comparison with all the photographers in our region. Any of his pictures is a masterpiece whether it is a portrait, nature or animal. When you look at his works you begin thinking and reviewing how wonderful the world is, it’s like the second breath.
I consider that every professional photographer (like a surgeon or a stylist) should be able to make glory/beauty from nothing, such a man of genius Mubarakshah is.
Misha, I wish you all the best in your career and life.
- Anonymous، 2008/05/24
Great job! Well done. Site please, and more works! :) And your farsi is good!
- Navid، 2008/05/03
Hi, Thanks for this post. I liked his work and since I am also doing a lot of photography myself, I was wondering if he has a website where he is posting his pictures or anything like it.

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