Belarusian native Jan Zaprudnik is a historian, professor, writer, and spent more than three decades with Radio Liberty’s Belarusian Service as a correspondent, producer, and editor. He came to the US in the 1950s and holds a doctorate from NYU. His books include Belarus: At a Crossroads In History (1993) and Historical Dictionary of Belarus (1998), as well as numerous published essays.
Mr. Zaprudnik is considered one of the venerable elder statesmen of the Belarus diaspora here. Most of the Belarusians I’ve ever met know and respect him.
So it was very nice to get this short note in my mailbox today:
Congratulations on and many thanks for your wonderful photo album, The Waiting Room. It is beautiful and thought-provoking. Victor Martinovich (in excellent translation) and Valery Kavaleuski are both eloquent and penetrating in their pieces.
You not only know how to shoot, but also how to select verbal framing for your pictures.
Going through the book back and forth, I noticed that images of young people prevail, and it occurred to me that it must be a good omen for Belarus in its “waiting room” situation.
Very best, Jan Zaprudnik