Thread. Azerbaijani photographer Kamal Babayev today passed away. So here's my tribute to him.

Picture: Composer Gara Garayev Image
Babayev was born in Baku.

From 1953 he worked as a photojournalist in the magazine "Pioneer" & a freelance worker at the Azerbaijan State Museum of Art, from 1959 - an employee of this museum, where he worked until his death as a photographer.

Photo: Painter Alakbar Rzaguliyev Image
The Tree © Kamal Babayev Image
Grape harvest in Soviet Azerbaijan © Kamal Babayev Image
Painter Maral Rahmanzade © Kamal Babayev Image
Unknown © Kamal Babayev Image
The Sculptor © Kamal Babayev Image
Singer Gulagha Mammadov © Kamal Babayev Image
Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet © Kamal Babayev Image
Agha Alizade, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic's first Sheikh ul-Islam © Kamal Babayev Image
Kamal Babayev's archive includes 40,000 negatives (film), including more than 16,000 photos of paintings, graphics and sculptures

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