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Zilola Saidova

Faces of Humanity Single

Zilola Saidova

Highly Commended

Born in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Saidova has been photographing since 2003. Her main interest is ethnographic/cultural documentary photography.

Between 2003 and 2008, she was a member of Bukhara Center for Development of Creative Photography. In 2004, she became a finalist in "Contemporary Documentary Photography of Central Asia" held in Moscow, Russia. In 2005, she received the FIAP's silver medal in the Third International Photo Biennial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 2008, Saidova took part in an exhibition of "Photographers of Uzbekistan" held in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2010, she was selected to participate in the tenth International Photo Exhibition named "Documentary Photographers in the New Century" held in Shanghai, China. In 2012, Saidova became a finalist in the Nowruz International Photo Contest held in Tehran, Iran.

Her works have been exhibited in such countries as the United States, Denmark, Russia, and China. Since 2007, she has been extensively photographing Central Asian Gypsies. She received a BA in Journalism at Indiana University, Bloomington, the USA.

Home Sweet Home

Bukhara, Surkhandarya, Kashkadarya regions, Uzbekistan and Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

2007 - 2021

I have been documenting the life of Central Asian Gypsies for several years. Central Asian Gypsies identify themselves as Mugats. The majority of Mugats are settled in the territories of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and some live in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In this series, I would like to show murals and other wall decorations of Mugats houses.

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