Opening ceremonies at the World Nomad Games in Cholpon-Ata, #Kyrgyzstan . Fall 2018.———————————————-NPR recently published a photo story of the 2018 Global Nomad Games, along with a great write up and interview by NPR and National Geographic contributor Joel Goldberg, who was a pleasure to work with on this piece, which can be found by going to NPR’s rad global health news site, Goats and Soda, or by googling Nicolas Tanner and NPR, or by clicking the link in my bio.
I’m posting a few photos from NPR’s edit, plus one which didn’t make their cut. It’s one of several I’ll be posting in the next few days from a wider edit I’m in the process of trimming down for their inclusion in a book on nomadic and other local and ancient ways of life extant in Central Asia as they come increasingly into confrontation with forces driven by a globalized market economy, international geopolitics, and regional/local conflicts created and fueled by forces such as nationalism, racism, and ethnocentrism (as well as various other notoriously dumb modes of thought and action). This photobook project will be a collection of work shot between 2008 to 2018 while living andworking throughout Central Asia. It will include photographs and texts created during four distinctly motivated periods in which I lived or worked in the region, including: my first arrival to Central Asia with the US Peace Corps, my documentary and news coverage of stories surrounding a regional conflict and reconcilliation including the ensuing refugee crisis, interethnic marriage, and national elections, my work for a university grant funded photographic research project, asking how modern global hydro-politics and ancient cultural practices continue to confront each other on the ground, and finally the work you are looking at below, made during a trip to photgraph the 2018 Global Nomad Games on the north side of Kyrgyzstan’s lake Issyk-Kul.
Look for posts on the publishing of the book later this year.————————————————#onassignment #documentaryphotography #documentary #photography #photobook #nomad #world #global #centralasia #npr #worldnomadgames - 5 minutes ago