Azerbaijan is considered one of the most important spots in the world for oil exploration and development. Its geopolitical position and natural resources have attracted Soviet Union interest since the First World War. Since independence and secession from USSR in 1990 the country went through a turbulent period with bitter infighting and power struggles.

The Black Gold City series are a curious outsider’s observations of the capital Baku, its rapid urban development and social change. The images explore the high level infrastructure brought on by the new prosperity itself fuelled by geographical phenomena that has given it endless reserves of treasure, Black Gold.

click to view the complete set of images in the archive