Umida Tukhtamuradovna Akhmedova born Parkent, Uzbekistan, USSR October 21, 1955. Uzbek photographer; Havel Human rights Prize, 2016; convicted of state slander, 2010.
“I cannot abide being what to do. . . I am not a politician or a member of the opposition. I am not a member of a party, a sociologist or a political scientist. I am just a person who cannot abide being told what to do in her art. And I will also talk about fear. When it takes control of you, fear is a really nasty emotion.” (Russian Reader, May 28, 2016; photo frontline defenders.org)