The Armenian Diaspora Project was born out of a child's curiosity.
Growing up in Massachusetts, photographer Scout Tufankjian was fascinated by her fellow Armenians and would spend hours poring through her grandparents' Armenian newspapers and magazines, searching for glimpses of Armenian school kids in Kolkata or jewelers in Lebanon; soccer players in Argentina or musicians in France.
But no matter how hard she looked, the only stories she could ever find were about 1915, as if the Genocide had successfully ended the Armenian story.
So in 2009, Tufankjian began work on the Armenian Diaspora Project, documenting Armenian communities in over 20 different countries and on six continents through photography and interviews.
The best of this work has been collected in the upcoming book: There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project, with a beautiful introduction by Atom Egoyan.