It is hardly possible to find any family that has no any photo. Black and white, colored, framed and unframed, they keep the history of us and our children, along with the memories about parents, ancestors, show the stages of our life, thus making a kind of chronicle of eras. A country is the same as family, but with a more members, history of which is told not only by writers, artists, or cinematographers, but also by masters of photography. Here we do refer to Huseynov’s dynasty of photo artists. During many years, their activity was devoted to making photo chronicles of Turkmenistan.
Each family member had its own way of creative development. Abdulla Huseynov after the end of the World War II worked as a bus driver. It did not last long. The aggravated illness forced the former tankman to look for another job. As an amateur, Abdulla was already engaged in photography a little, and now he decided to put his knowledge into practice.
Once he stepped in the newly opened editorial office of the newspaper “Mydam Tayyar”, and remained there for many years. During all this time, every single issue of a children’s newspaper had a photograph made by Abdulla Huseynov.
The younger brother Alikper, having graduated from the sports institute, worked for some time as a coach, he was the country’s champion in hammer throwing. He was successful, but active by nature, the scope of the gym was too small for him.
Following the example of his elder brother, he also decided to try himself in photography. Abdulla succeeded soon being turned into a professional from amateur one.
Huseynkuli, the son of Abdulla, did not choose a profession – profession made the choice. When he was a 6-year-old boy, his father presented a camera. There are was a small photo lab in their house, where the little boy liked to spend many hours. He liked to stay in the dark room and to watch the way that his father treats the photographic paper to make a picture.
The father patiently taught his son all the secrets of photography – how to choose the right angle, make the exposure, follow the play of light and shadow. He said – the priority should be done to the quality of content, not the quality of image – the camera itself is blind, the photographer should see. At the age of 14, Huseynkuli began to work as independent photographer.
It all started with attraction only, and soon it turned into a matter of life. Each had its own professional topic. Abdulla was dealing with photo stories about the children of the country; Alikper chose the cultural life of Turkmenistan as the main motive for his creative activity. For many years, portraits of several generations of prominent Turkmen artists created by him decorated the foyer and facades of the capital’s theaters.
Looking at the works of Alikper Huseynov, it is clear to note that the theater runs in his blood. Theater is a fragile substance. It is impossible to watch the same performance twice: tomorrow it would be a completely different performance. And the main thing for the photo artist is to fix the changing palette of acting colors. The photo works made by him reveal something special that impossible to be seen by indifferent person.
Alikper was able to capture from the performance, as if knowing in advance when this would happen, the most brilliant scene, the star cast moment, which most likely will never happen again. He was endowed with the gift to create face-biographies, portrait-biographies.
Photography is frozen poetry. In each of styles, there is an one person who is both a photographer and an artist. Here the master switched on the camera. The shutter clicked, cutting off one hundredth of a second of life that flashed through the viewfinder.
The captured moment, having turned to a photo, became eternal. Many people held the camera in their hands, but only a few became masters.
They were very serious to do their work. They hated a hack-work, but, probably, a true artist should be like that. Their pictures are kind of poems written by a camera. They are poetic, musical and picturesque.
It should put into consideration that they used very simple camera – not modern digital technologies – and film that was of poor-quality as well as photo paper that was not the top one also, and even such kind of photo paper was in shortage.
Despite of above-mentioned, they were able to overcome all obstacles and to win prestigious awards at international photo contests.
Searching for their characters, each of Huseynov’s dymasty of photo artists travelled a lot inside of Turkmenistan in any weather – in heat, cold, under heavy rain or off-road. Sometimes it was did just to catch a few moment on camera. Soon after these shots became the historical items. In 1988, Huseynkuli as a photographer was invited to cover Ashgabat-Moscow equestrian race, which was aimed to demonstrate the best qualities of the Akhal-Teke horses.
They made not only photographs, but also they were friends with their heroes – writers, artists, and ordinary people whom they met due to the profession. Many of them became friends of the family. They created the chronicle of art, culture of Turkmenistan, diverse life of the country. In photo arts, three members of Huseynov’ family served for 150 years in total. One-man photo exhibitions of each of the dynasty member were held not only in Turkmenistan, but also abroad. Each time, the visitors were admired with photo show.
Let us say a few words about the fourth generation of famous Huseynov’s dynasty of photo artists. Today, the youngest member of Huseynov’s family, Rasim, the son of Huseinkuli, continues the family profession.
And then the grandson Ruslan comes next. It is true, they use modern digital cameras that differ them from previous generation, though they follow the same topic in their professional works as the older generation had in the pictures – they are continuing to write a story about their country.