The European Azerbaijan Society
The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) is a UK-registered pan-European organisation dedicated to raising awareness of Azerbaijan and fostering closer economic, political and cultural links between that country and the nations of Europe.
As well as promoting the positive aspects of Azerbaijan, TEAS also highlights the plight of the 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons within the country. These people are unable to return to their homes and lands because of the illegal occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions by Armenia's armed forces – in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions.
TEAS was launched in November 2008, having initially been established as the London Azerbaijan Society four years earlier. The organisation now has offices in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and Turkey, along with a representative office in Azerbaijan.
Born in Düsseldorf in 1968, Philipp Rathmer is a photographer working for international fashion, lifestyle and advertising industries. He worked in New York from 1993 to 1994, and has been based in Hamburg since 1995.
Companies such as Vodafone, Nivea, Mercedes, Sony and Wella number among his clients.
As well as advertising and editorials he has photographed celebrities including Lady Gaga, Christoph Waltz, Juliette Lewis, Jogi Löw, Luciano Pavarotti, Daniel Brühl, Vanessa Mae, Jay-Z, Michael Schumacher and many others. His charity work has included involvement in aid projects for the Hear the World Foundation.
Although highly diverse, his work retains a style all of its own. Philipp Rathmer plays with light and always explores new paths. He achieves proximity to the people he portrays, accentuating the naturalness and the singularity of each character.