Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute

A photo by John Wendell from the Azerbaijan revolution.



Azerbaijan: A Failed Revolution

This photography exhibition features images taken by John Wendle during his time in Azerbaijan, from March 2005 to July 2006, when he was working as a reporter and photographer for a local newspaper.

The photography exhibition tells the back story of how and why a “color” revolution began to sprout during Azerbaijan’s November 2005 parliamentary elections and shows how it was violently crushed on the streets of the capital, Baku, before it could blossom.

About the photographer:

John Wendle, a student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, worked as a reporter, editor and photographer in Baku, Azerbaijan at Caspian Business News, the region’s leading local newspaper. During his time there, his photos were published in Al Jazeera, Eurasianet, UNICEF and Turkish newspapers. John served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Aktau, Kazakhstan before crossing the Caspian to work in Baku. Regardless of the photos on display, he encourages you to visit all three republics of the South Caucasus. John was born and raised in the woods of Youngstown, Ohio.