These photographs of Uzbekistan are from the 2007 spring and summer season after the icy bite of winter had left the Central Asian steppe. The photographs celebrate the quotidian rituals, chores, and pleasures of the Uzbek people. Students on holiday after their last exams; veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, now medical school professors and surgeons; elders on pilgrimage; and families at the market selling or bartering their bread, yogurt, watermelon, cherries, and tomatoes. Images of the ancient majestic tiled walls and blue domes of Samarkand’s Registan, Bukhara’s Kalon Mosque and Khiva’ madrassas have a firm place in our art histories, computers’ databases and individual visual memories. But the sight of everyday people of Uzbekistan is easily lost without the currency and immediacy of new photographic images to remind us of their resilience, courage and perseverance.
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