Svetlana Bachevanova
Lot #024

The Watchtower, 2013

The sale of this print supports the production of the book Borderland/La Frontera.

The prints are produced from digital files  on the highest quality Fine Art Paper Matte or Baryta with signed by the photographer certificate of authenticity.
 FotoEvidence Authentic Stamp on the verso.

From the series No Man's Land 2/5

11 x 14 inches print, 10 x 11 1/2 inches image size

Donor: Svetlana Bachevanova
Buy Now Price: $250
Estimate $400

During the Cold War, Bulgaria's southern border with Turkey and Greece separated the East from the West, Socialism from Capitalism.
 Like other Cold War borders, Bulgaria developed a wall where it encountered the West, a neat hem on the edge of a frayed empire. An electrified, barbed-wire fence created a no man's land with restricted entry, restricted movement, restricted lives.

After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, the fence was destroyed. bit by bit, until the last pieces were removed in 2007.The land has been privatized and returned to its owners. And the people can freely pass by the rusting skeletons of the watchtowers that once marked to the border of a failed empire


Svetlana Bachevanova is a publisher  and co-founder of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer with interest in human rights that began while living under a communist dictatorship in her native Bulgaria. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, Svetlana join the first anticommunist newspaper "Demokratia" where she led the photo department. Seven years later she became the head of the photo department in the Bulgarian News Agency. Svetlana covered the transition to democracy in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, the war in Kosovo and Bosnia, the separation of the Soviet Union, the revolution in Romania. In 2001 Svetlana moved to New York where she founded FotoEvidence to continue her life work of using photography to fight oppression and expose human rights violations. She seeks to help photographers who work to document and fight against human rights violation so the story of her country and friends will never happen again.