Making of

In February 2012, photographer Philipp Rathmer was reminded of the war over Nagorno-Karabakh. The European Azerbaijan Society in Germany contacted him and asked whether he would be interested in working on a photographic project featuring war refugees. After some research into the matter, he agreed.

Philipp Rathmer travelled to Azerbaijan in July 2012 to portray victims of this unresolved conflict—people who still live in camps today—refugees in their own country. In Takhtakorpu and Guzanli, Darnagul and Gizilgum, people told of their fate and their view of things—some very candidly, some with a certain reticence. Of course, it is only one side of the conflict—their side. But it is the side of those who had to flee and give up their homes. They therefore represent all of the victims of displacement and the world’s many wars.

The victims were photographed against a black background, so that their faces would tell their stories. These are faces that tell of the suffering they have been through, as well as the hope that one day they will be able to return to their homes, return on one of the five roads that lead back into the occupied areas—one of the "FIVE ROADS BACK HOME"...