Have you ever heard about the Republic of Artsakh? Known as Nagorno Karabakh is a disputed territory located between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Since the fall of URSS, there has been a war for the independence of the territory from Azerbaijan.
The following photos are part of the photo reportage The Phantom Country. A collection of photos that will try to document life and tourism in a country with a frozen conflict and not officially recognised by the United Nations.
Stepanakert is the biggest city in the country with 55.000 people living in it. Here life and the time are going slow. The conflict just out there is frozen but the marks on the people are still hot.
Going around the cities you’ll find many unusual elements that are defining the character of this phantom country.
Only a few people can claim to have visited a phantom country. Despite the conflict, the Republic of Artsakh is safe and easily accessible from Armenia. Here you will find a guide on how to reach it (soon online).