Shota Gujabidze is Batumi based photographer, film director and city activist. 

His creative life as he mentions starts when he began publishing letters in newspapers during school period. he  was obsessed by photography from childhood and makes photos till nowadays. He had many exhibitions, both group and personal, both in Georgia and abroad. In 2011, together with Giorgi Gogiberidze made a photo project, “Color of Winter” which was presented both in Georgia and abroad (Poland, Ukraine etc.). It happens frequently that he finds an unknown fact, photos or even an archive and then he thinks about and creates the form in which he can make it public, through an exhibition or a documentary film. 

Shota made several dozen documentaries, mostly based on facts unknown to the public. He is the author of the projects (series of doc films)  – “One Hundred Years Later”, “House in Batumi” and others, which were broadcasted on AJARA TV (regional public broadcaster). He has shoot also several short films. One of the recent short film was shoot under the project “Batumi Wave” – group project of 10 Batumi based film makers which was focusing around BATUMI CITY thematic, and it was premiered at BIAFF Batumi Film Festival. 

In 2013, Shota’s articles about OLD BATUMI were published in the newspaper “Batumelebi”. Later it was issued as a book. He was involved also in several other books mainly related to city history etc. It can be said that if any project is developed in Georgia regarding old Batumi, it always involves Shota.    He is also a photo collector of old photos of  Batumi and Georgia in general.  And one of his long term (and maybe never-ending) project is – to make the photos of  Batumi city places  which are depicted on old 

Shota Gujabidze is also city activist and  a defender of the cultural heritage of old Batumi, which is having a hard days today. He constantly takes part in public activities, rallies and demonstrations. 

Shota is member of several organizations focusing on cultural monument protection (including ICOMOS). He is co-founder of organization “BATOMI” which is working on topics related to cultural heritage protection.