Survivors on The New York Times Lens blog

Nazik Armenakyan has spent the last decade in a desperate race against death: She has been scouring Armenia searching for survivors of the Armenian genocide. She is determined to photograph them and provide an enduring document of their experiences a century ago.

Although she found 45 survivors, she has sometimes arrived in remote villages only to find that death got there first. After one trek, she reached a survivor’s home only to find a hearse parked in front. She broke into tears.

“I turned to leave, but then stopped because I realized that even in death I needed to take her photo,” Ms. Armenakyan said, “to show that even if they live to be 100 years these witnesses are not permanent.”

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