Soviet Georgia

From Tass To The Jewish Week

Staff photographer, both an artist and a journalist, presents a digital gallery.

12/10/2012

In his native Tblisi, capital of Georgia (then a republic in the Soviet Union), Michael Datikash (then Malkhaz Datikashvili) received his first camera on his 15th birthday, as a gift from his uncle. It was an amateur's model, Russian-made, and cost "ten or fifteen dollars," Datikash says.

A resident of the United States since 1991, staff photographer for The Jewish Week most of that time, was fascinated by the "magic" of developing his own photographs, in pre-digital days, and of making an individual, artistic "expression" with a camera.

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