Born in Georgia in 1951. In 1978 have been graduated from the Tbilisi Polytechnic Institute - Automation and Remote Control. Since 1980 - professional photographer freelancer. Self taught! Worked in various organisations of former Soviet Georgia! After the collapse of Soviet Union, - traveled throughout Europe.. The last ten years live in London and working as freelance photojournalist for ''Demotix'', ''Corbis'' and ''Kommersant'' (Moscow) agencies.