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Photographs from Across the Caucasus

By Heidi Bradner
  • A Chechen woman in downtown Grozny scavenges bricks from the rubble of destroyed buildings. She will sell them or use them to repair her own or relatives homes.
    A Chechen woman in downtown Grozny scavenges bricks from the rubble of destroyed buildings. She will sell them or use them to repair her own or relatives homes.
  • An Azerbaijani elder smokes a pipe in the narrow stone streets of the village of Lagich in northern Azerbaijan.
    An Azerbaijani elder smokes a pipe in the narrow stone streets of the village of Lagich in northern Azerbaijan.
  • An opposition demonstrator leads a march calling for a boycott of presidential elections in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 1998. The demonstrators claimed the vote would be rigged. President Heidar Aliev, swept into a second term with 76% of the vote.
    An opposition demonstrator leads a march calling for a boycott of presidential elections in Baku, Azerbaijan in October 1998. The demonstrators claimed the vote would be rigged. President Heidar Aliev, swept into a second term with 76% of the vote.
  • A woman hauls her belongings across the Inguri River separating Western Georgia and Abkhazia. She is fleeing approaching Abkhaz forces in an outbreak of hostilities in 1998.
    A woman hauls her belongings across the Inguri River separating Western Georgia and Abkhazia. She is fleeing approaching Abkhaz forces in an outbreak of hostilities in 1998.
  • A mother says goodbye to her son who was killed by a mine during a patrol in the no-man's-land near Nagorny Karabakh.
    A mother says goodbye to her son who was killed by a mine during a patrol in the no-man's-land near Nagorny Karabakh.
  • A Chechen man stands near the route of the underground pipeline carrying oil across Chechnya. In front of him is an old-style oil-well, common throughout the hills of the republic.
    A Chechen man stands near the route of the underground pipeline carrying oil across Chechnya. In front of him is an old-style oil-well, common throughout the hills of the republic.
  • A Chechen man walks through the stone towers built in the village of Khaibakh in the mountains of Chechnya, the site of a massacre of civilians during Stalin's deportation of the Chechens to Central Asia in 1944.
    A Chechen man walks through the stone towers built in the village of Khaibakh in the mountains of Chechnya, the site of a massacre of civilians during Stalin's deportation of the Chechens to Central Asia in 1944.
  • Chechen elders pray in the mountains of the Caucasus.
    Chechen elders pray in the mountains of the Caucasus.
  • 300 km of pylons drilled into the sea bottom spread out like octopus tentacles over the Caspian Sea in an aerial view of 'Oily Rocks' an offshore city built off the coast of Azerbaijan in 1959. The workers who lived here, drilling oil from the sea floor beneath, called the city the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Now it is collapsing into the sea.
    300 km of pylons drilled into the sea bottom spread out like octopus tentacles over the Caspian Sea in an aerial view of 'Oily Rocks' an offshore city built off the coast of Azerbaijan in 1959. The workers who lived here, drilling oil from the sea floor beneath, called the city the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Now it is collapsing into the sea.
  • A woman in central Grozny holds up photo of a missing relative, 2001. A woman in central Grozny holds up photo of a missing relative, 2001.
    A woman in central Grozny holds up photo of a missing relative, 2001. A woman in central Grozny holds up photo of a missing relative, 2001.
  • A pilgrim in Svanetia rests at dawn at the top of a mountain in this northern part of Georgia after a night hike to this sacred spot. A pilgrim in Svanetia rests at dawn at the top of a mountain in this northern part of Georgia after a night hike to this sacred spot.
    A pilgrim in Svanetia rests at dawn at the top of a mountain in this northern part of Georgia after a night hike to this sacred spot. A pilgrim in Svanetia rests at dawn at the top of a mountain in this northern part of Georgia after a night hike to this sacred spot.
  • A mother holds a candle next to a picture of her son who died in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict in the early 90s. She is now a refugee again after attacks by partisans in the Gali region of Abkhazia.
    A mother holds a candle next to a picture of her son who died in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict in the early 90s. She is now a refugee again after attacks by partisans in the Gali region of Abkhazia.
  • Russian forces patrol Grozny during Moscow's second military campaign against Chechnya in 2000.
    Russian forces patrol Grozny during Moscow's second military campaign against Chechnya in 2000.
  • Astamir and his wife Raya outside their home in central Grozny in 2001. They are searching for their son, 19-year-old Zelimkhan, who witnesses say was arrested in Gronzy at a checkpoint just after the millenium celebrations. 'We cannot leave without him' says Raya.
    Astamir and his wife Raya outside their home in central Grozny in 2001. They are searching for their son, 19-year-old Zelimkhan, who witnesses say was arrested in Gronzy at a checkpoint just after the millenium celebrations. 'We cannot leave without him' says Raya.
  • Chechnya, Russia. A child holds a homemade toy in front of his village northwest of Grozny, 1996.
    Chechnya, Russia. A child holds a homemade toy in front of his village northwest of Grozny, 1996.

Heidi Bradner was born and raised in Alaska. As a student, she started freelance photographing and writing for the Juneau Empire, the Anchorage Daily News, and other Alaska publications while completing her history and journalism degrees at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

After graduating, she began to photograph in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and started her professional photographic career based in Moscow from 1991-1997.

She has been documenting the Caucasus and particularly Chechnya for many years.

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