Given the still-developing tourism infrastructure and lack of travel information it’s understandable that many visitors to Azerbaijan struggle to venture off the beaten track. But in doing so one risks returning home with the familiar picture of Baku as an industrial boomtown and Azerbaijan as a country of oil and gas.

Travel several hundred kilometres north or south of the capital, however, and one meets a very different Azerbaijan – timeless scenes of shepherds roaming well- trodden mountain trails, misty forests with picturesque houses poking through the trees and the rosy cheeks of children staring innocently at the unfamiliar camera. These are the images we encounter in the work of photographer Irada Gadirova, whose photography focuses on life in the Azerbaijani regions.

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