Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
LFI: Republic of Kyrgyzstan
One of the most unknown countries of world, the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, that came into being after the collapse of the USSR. Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy visited the small country by accident, only because the borders of neighbouring Tajikistan were closed. He saw a country in change: though still very agricultural (most of the 5.5 million inhabitants work on the land) western values rapidly take over. For the young the yurts (traditional nomadic houses) are only of symbolic value, and horses are replaced by cars. Despite the struggling economy cars, mobile phones and (imitation) luxury sunglasses appear in the streets. Photo: girls are preparing for the 134th birthday of the capital city Bishkek.
LFI Leica Fotografie International
issue 2 2013 / February March