Nazik Armenakyan documents young men and women of Armenia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, focusing on transgendered sex workers. Many of the people she photographs are young adults disowned by their families, forced to move to the capital city where they attempt to maintain their lives and forge new relationships.
Armenakyan was trained in Mass Media Photojournalism at the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, Armenia from 2004 to 2005. She has been a freelance photographer for Reuters Agency and Agence France-Presse, and has worked as a photographer and photo editor for magazines such as Forum Magazine and Yerevan Magazine. Since 2008, Armenakyan has been a professor of photojournalism at Gladzor University in Yerevan. In 2009, she received the Grand Prix award and first place in the "People and Faces" category in the Karl Bulla International Photo Contest in Russia. In 2011, she received a fellowship to attend the Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program at New York University.