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Where are you from?
I am originally from Uzbekistan, but right now I live in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.
How did you get here?
I flew through Almaty (Kazakhstan), then through Moscow, then to New York.
What was your reaction when you received the invitation to attend LOOKbetween?
Oh, it was amazing. It was early morning when I checked out my email right on the bed. I jumped up and I was really surprised… for maybe a couple of hours I was running around my house, you know really happy, because for the first time I had a good reason to come to the U.S.
What do you hope to get out of LOOKbetween?
Experience, contacts and relationships. I hope to build new ways for collaboration, to continue my project, and to find new experiences from other participants and from the thoughts of coordinators and editors. Their opinions about, for example, the mobile revolution, about the modern photo industry—it is something really great, something really new for me. Because you listen to those people really responsible for photo editing and main news agencies and also for social media–I don’t know what can be more interesting than these kinds of discussions.
Where is your camera?
In my backpack… oh no, in my pocket! I use the iPhone permanently for my project. I use both.
How do feel about seeing your images projected on the big screen?
So excited. I don’t know what I feel exactly, but I am so excited waiting on it. How is it that people will enjoy it, or if not, will it be boring or nothing special. I hope that people will find it interesting and inspiring.
Where do you want to be in a few years?
Next two years, my plan is to continue covering my subjects with labor immigration from Central Asia to Russia. I want to make the stories from Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, then in Moscow, in Russia. And I really want to go to Europe during autumn, October or November. These are the next places that I have, but maybe I will create the other ones in the next month.